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January 1994

Preparticipation Physical ExaminationIt Should Be Required

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(1):99-100. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170010101023

IN JUNE 1990, the Group on Science and Technology of the American Medical Association accepted a report of the Board of Trustees dealing with the Athletic Preparticipation Examination for Adolescents.1 It had been 3 years since the report was submitted, but it was driven by principle and therefore reflects a fundamental approach to the young athlete. The group states in a disclaimer that the report should be construed not as a standard of medical care but as a guideline.

The report is a comprehensive one and liberally uses the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. For almost 15 years, the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, has been participating in the preparticipation athletic examination of most county high school athletes.2,3 Over this period, residents and faculty have performed a preparticipation athletic examination using the station approach. It has been our belief that the