Bull's Sports Injuries Handbook, 2 e by William Roberts

By William Roberts

Covers the actual exam, overview and therapy concerns for all significant activities accidents. offers perception into the reason for accidents because of a particular game as a way to tailor therapy to that damage.

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The medical personnel covering elite athlete events should practice and train for emergencies before they actually happen so that the on-field care will be efficient and smooth. In any acute injury that is life-threatening, be it a head, cervical spine, or airway or organ injury, the ABCs of acute medical care are paramount. The athlete must be stabilized on the field before he or she is evacuated. If there is a risk of spinal injury the athlete must be properly back boarded before being taken off the playing area.

Often, it is months later that you gain clarity. At times, medical personnel must be part physician and part psychologist. IMPORTANCE OF THE TEAM PHYSICIAN The physician treating elite athletes has a very important part in the athlete's success. Athletes rely on their physician and medical personnel to keep them healthy and performing at the highest level. They trust the medical personnel to do the utmost for them. They demand the most from themselves and thus demand the most from those working with them.

The media will often approach the physician to find out the exact nature of the medical problem and the implications for the athlete. As stated previously, the most important thing is to maintain physician-patient confidentiality. If you are going to talk to the media, it is important that the athlete knows exactly what will be said and that the athlete has given permission to do so. Athletes are like any other patient; a physician cannot freely disclose medical problems. 30 want the injury disclosed, the physician must respect his or her wishes.

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