Ready, set, go! Sports medicine on and off the field

James C. Leonard, Heidi E. Townsend

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Team and event physicians can play an important role in ensuring the medical safety of a sports event by several actions: analyzing common injuries particular to a sport and planning accordingly in terms of equipment and procedures, establishing a hierarchy of the team's staff (ie, who has the authority to take a player out of the game), organizing medical equipment, establishing communication among the support personnel, considering crowd-control techniques for large events, arranging accessible transportation to a nearby medical facility, and being alert to possible dangerous weather conditions. Athletes will be safer, physicians more secure, and sports events more successful if these precautions are primary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-244
Number of pages8
JournalPostgraduate medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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