The most important aspect of this health check is the identification of unknown medical conditions that might place an athlete at risk from participating in Sports. The obvious example of this is an underlying cardiac condition that may place a player at risk of sudden death during exercise. However, there are many other conditions that also warrant regular screening investigations.
For non-professional athletes, a periodic health evaluation that particularly focuses on the cardiovascular assessment provides an opportunity to detect cardiac conditions and risk factors, to mitigate risks during sports participation.
Athlete Screening also provides an opportunity to assess musculo-skeletal issues, whether unreported or known, that may have an influence on the athlete’s ability to train and compete. By also reviewing past injuries and checking compliance with any rehabilitation programmes the physician will be able to plan any interventions deemed necessary with the athlete. Chronic medical conditions are also part of this comprehensive review which could also include a separate nutritional and/or psychological assessment, and advice on medication, referring to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations as appropriate.
The content of each medical assessment will be tailored to meet the needs of the individual. However, there are a number of components which are common to most assessments, including:
A summary report is provided at the end of the assessment with recommendations for any ongoing actions.
Aspetar’s Athletes Screening is staffed by a multidisciplinary team including experienced sports cardiologist, sports and exercise medicine physicians, sports dentists, cardiac exercise physiologist, and screening nurses, ready to provide the highest level of medical assessments on athletes.
Aspetar Athlete Screening Services provides comprehensive athlete screening in one day under one roof, guided by a multidisciplinary team of experts using state-of-the-art facilities.
More than 15,000 athletes have already been screened at Aspetar, including some top World-class of several sports.
The protection of the health of the Athletes is one of the pillars of Sports and Exercise Medicine. At Aspetar, the screening programme is dedicated to the basic principles of enabling the safe participation of athletes in their chosen sport and of injury and illness prevention. Aspetar screening is integrated with other aspects of daily clinical practice as part of our mission to “assist athletes to achieve their maximum performance and full potential”.