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J Fam Pract. 2003 Feb;52(2):127-34.

A thorough yet efficient exam identifies most problems in school athletes.

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Department of Family Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston 29406, USA.


A complete medical history, preferably from the student and a parent, will reveal approximately 75% of problems affecting initial athletic participation. For asymptomatic athletes with no previous injuries, a 90-second screening musculoskeletal test will detect 90% of significant musculoskeletal injuries. A routine screening need not include noninvasive cardiac testing or laboratory tests such as urinalysis, blood count, chemistry profile, lipid profile, ferritin level, or spirometry.

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