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February 17, 1999

Cardiovascular Screening of High School Athletes

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(7):607-608. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-7-jbk0217

To the Editor: The Editorial by Dr Matheson1 on the PPE of student athletes provided a good overview of the general inadequacies of the "sports physical" and urged clinicians to improve the quality of the PPE. The author also suggested that preventive services, such as an assessment of lifestyle behaviors that are amenable to intervention, be included as part of the PPE. The reported development of a computer-based World Wide Web risk assessment approach to obtain this information is intriguing and may provide accurate information on health risk behaviors.2