The benefits of periodic health evaluation (PHE) in athletes – focus on musculoskeletal screening

Injury and illness are common in athletes, particularly in those competing at an elite level. A periodic health evaluation (PHE) or a pre-participation examination (PPE) is a tool that is widely used to detect and manage current health problems which may influence their ability to train or compete, as well as to identify the athlete at risk in orde

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Formal title

The benefits of periodic health evaluation (PHE) in athletes

Formal

The aim of this study is to document the benefits of PHE in athletes with a focus on musculoskeletal screening.

Description

As part of the Aspetar Sports Injury and Illness Prevention Program (ASPREV) in Doha, Qatar, all athletes will undergo a pre-season PHE to look for any risk factors for injury and illness and to detect current injury and illness. They will be screened for the following PHE components: a questionnaire regarding patient and family history, cardiac examination, general medical examination, laboratory blood tests, vision, pulmonary function, women health issues and musculoskeletal examination. In addition, with the ASPREV program, all athletes will be screened for risk factors for injuries including isokinetic muscle strength tests and functional movement test (9+). The athletes will be monitored regularly by National Sports Medicine Program (NSMP) for factors related to health status, performance and injury registration.