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Screening for heart disease in athletes by athletic trainers and sports physical therapists.
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PMID:  18515916     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
CONTEXT: Sudden cardiac death in athletes may be preventable if healthcare providers perform a thorough screening of the cardiovascular system during routine athlete evaluations. OBJECTIVE: Determine the adequacy of routine screening of athletes for heart disease by athletic trainers (ATs) and physical therapists (PTs). DESIGN, PARTICIPANTS, SETTING, AND METHODS: National Athletic Trainers Association and Sports Physical Therapy Section members were surveyed using a stratified sampling technique via e-mail and postal mail. RESULTS: ATs performed significantly higher than PTs on the composite screening score (CSS; mean of 13 items) as well as on 9 of 13 individual items. Logistic regression analysis revealed that "involvement in preparticipation screenings for sports (PPSS)" was most closely related to CSS (P < .01) and controlling for this factor in the ANOVA eliminated differences between the professions. CONCLUSIONS: Clinicians working with athletes who are not involved in PPSS may not adequately screen these patients for heart disease.
Christian C Evans; Lisa Schwarz; Minal Masihi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of sport rehabilitation     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1056-6716     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sport Rehabil     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-02     Completed Date:  2008-09-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9206500     Medline TA:  J Sport Rehabil     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  171-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
Physical Therapy Department at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Data Collection
Death, Sudden, Cardiac / prevention & control
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Heart Diseases / diagnosis*
Mass Screening / utilization*
Physical Therapy (Specialty)*
Sports Medicine*
United States

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