Despite widespread adoption, whether periodic health evaluations improve the health and wellness of athletes is unknown. Better understanding of the PHE can result in improved health for athletes, among other things.
NIH - digital/streaming
Preventive medicine reduces the impact of health problems by stopping them from occurring and reducing their burden.
In elite sport, one aspect of preventive medicine is the periodic health evaluation (PHE). The objectives of the PHE are to comprehensively review of an athlete’s health status, assess for risk of future health problems, serve as an entry point into the healthcare system, and to monitor health over time. Several approaches to the PHE have been described, with varying levels of clinician-patient engagement, necessary resources, and clinical complexity.
Despite widespread adoption, whether PHEs improve the health and wellness of athletes is unknown. Better understanding of the PHE can result in improved health for athletes, more efficient resource allocation for sport organizations, and will guide other areas of athlete health promotion research and practice.
The aim of this dissertation is to describe current PHE practices in elite athlete populations and assess the value of specific elements of the PHE: the health history, iron screening, and screening for conditions that are difficult to diagnose in primary care (sleep, mental health, and allergies).
14:30-15:15 - Trial lecture
"Efficacy of methods to prevent infections in elite athletes"
15:45-18:30 - Public defence
"Preventive medicine in elite sport: The role of the periodic health evaluation"
The defence will be all-digital - watch it here.
(Direct link to stream will be provided.)