CharterSAFE: Sports Physicals Offer Opportunity to Screen for Serious Conditions

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April 25, 2014 Sports physicals -- a prerequisite for participation in high school athletics -- represent an important opportunity to quickly screen for a variety of conditions that could place the young athlete at risk, according to Jason Hove, MD, a family medicine physician at UCLA Health in Redondo Beach. "Many of these conditions do not preclude participation," said Dr. Hove in a recent edition of Vital Signs. "Some require a further workup, and others require further evaluation by a specialist. The important thing is to make sure that before any high school athlete is cleared to play, he or she has been appropriately screened."

While heart conditions are the most serious, the sports physical is designed to detect a number of other potential red flags.

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