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Preparticipation Physical Evaluation: Medical

presented by Todd Arnold, MD

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Financial: Todd Arnold receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 58 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 44 Minutes

This course is designed for physical therapists and athletic trainers in settings that will require them to participate and possibly coordinate physical exams for their athletes before participation. Many clinicians have participated in the annual physical process in their training but now need to look at it again. Todd Arnold will present the pertinent issues to serve as a primer for you, with the goal of preparing you for the sports physical therapy examination. This course is focused on the medical portion of the evaluation.

Meet Your Instructor

Todd Arnold, MD

Dr. Todd Arnold is a primary care/sports performance physician with more than a decade of experience caring for athletes of all levels from scholastic to professional. He serves as a sports performance scientist for USA Track & Field, and he worked extensively with more than 50 athletes in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, where…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. The Medical Evaluation

This chapter will focus on the goals of the preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) for athletes. It covers the variety of requirements, the wide support of the PPE from multiple medical entities, and the value of the event. It will also detail the legal considerations for rehabilitation specialists participating in the PPE. As with any medical interaction, there are legal ramifications. In this case, both HIPPA and FERPA are in play, and the viewer will gain insight into how they impact the PPE. The chapter will also cover the specific topic of right to play.

2. Timing, Administration, and Clearance Paperwork

This chapter will first focus on the timing and administration of the PPE itself. Timing and administration are best completed in the primary care office, but they are often completed in a group setting. Both have benefits and meet the goals of the PPE, and an understanding of this is crucial for those participating. The chapter will conclude with the clearance paperwork for the athlete.

3. Case Studies

Cases will be used to serve as memory tools for the viewer in preparation for the exam or scheduling physicals for their team. These cases will be representative of what athletes may face at the PPE and will shine a light on the importance of the process.

4. Q&A Discussion

In this segment, Phil Plisky and Todd Arnold answer some common questions they have faced in their careers regarding the preparticipation physical evaluation. This discussion can serve as a memory tool for those sitting for the board exam and will convey the importance of the process being done well.

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