55.046 Recommendations for Ensuring the Health of the Adolescent Athlete

55.046

Recommendations for Ensuring the Health of the Adolescent Athlete: (1) Preparticipation athletic examinations should remain focused on ensuring the safety of the adolescent athlete by assessing for health problems that could interfere with athletic performance and vice versa; (2) When possible, this assessment should be a comprehensive assessment conducted by an athlete’s primary care provider, and include an interview with the adolescent to determine attitudes toward and use of illegal and ergogenic drugs, as well as use of alcohol and tobacco; (3) Athletes should be assessed for special health problems, such as anemia, menstrual abnormalities in females, food and water restriction, and bulimia. Athletes also should be questioned about weight control methods; (4) All adolescent athletes should be provided information about the health hazards associated with use of drugs and alcohol, tobacco, ergogenic agents, excessive measures to control weight, and sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies (Amended CM-CAH Rep. 2-A-06; amended CM-CAH Rep. 1-A-16).

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October 07, 2016