Health Watch - Athletics: Tests

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about school sports. Previously, we discussed the importance of a thorough physical exam for student athletes, especially those who’ve had an injury. A physical exam is also a good way to establish a baseline in case of future injury.

Head injuries have become a focus of athletic trainers as the danger of repeated blows to the head has become more evident. Dr. Robert Dimeff, director of primary care sports medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says this is a good reason for athletes participating in contact sports such as football, soccer or hockey or who have had a head injury to have a baseline neurological test. There are computerized tests available that establish a neurological baseline to help evaluate any future injuries. It’s also good for athletes to have their vision tested for the need for corrective or protective lenses. Athletes should also be up to date on their immunizations, especially their tetanus shot.      


September 2010

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