Search

Original Research

The Preparticipation Evaluation for Athletes with Disability

Authors: Hawkeswood JP, O’Connor E, Anton H, Finlayson H

Athletes are routinely assessed medically prior to competition.   Although standardized preparticipation examinations (PPEs) are available for able-bodied athletes, the literature lacks any validated equivalent for the athlete with disability (AWD). Since participation and level of competition is increasing in this population, evidence-based tools such as a standardized PPE form should be available for health professionals to assess the health and safety of the AWD. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to develop an AWD-targeted standardized preparticipation history evaluation (PPE history) using consensus-based expert recommendations. Consensus was reached on a variety of AWD-specific PPE items, using the Dephi methodology, including the disability-related history and functional review. Equipment issues represent a complex area of evaluation, worthy of future research and discussion.  The current proposed PPE history tool is considered comprehensive and ready for application in a clinical setting as an adjunct to existing PPE tools.   Injury research in the AWD population will provide guidance for refinement and further validation of this PPE history document.

Abstract Full Article (subscribers only)  |  Purchase Article