Implementing medical checkups to prevent sports-related injuries and disorders

Hideo Matsumoto, Toshiro Otani, Hitoshi Abe, Yasunori Tsukimura

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Sports related injuries and disorders have increased due to the spread of sports. To prevent such injuries and disorders and to improve activity levels further, medical checkups of individual athletes are conducted before, during, and after their performance, and the results are provided as feedback for athletes, coaches, and physicians. The checkup consists of three examinations: (1) an internal medical evaluation in which ischemic heart diseases and valvular diseases with fatal symptoms that are induced by sports are mainly checked, in addition to basic systemic diseases such as kidney, liver, and metabolic diseases, (2) brain surgery and orthopaedic evaluations in which basic brain disorders and susceptibility to head and limb injuries are checked, and (3) a physical strength evaluation in which basic physical performance and muscular strength of extremities and trunk, body fat rate, height, and body weight are checked during sports activities. It is very important that the data obtained from this examination is promptly converted as feedback for use by athletes, coaches and trainers, and to enable the physician to provide appropriate medical advice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJapan Medical Association Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jan
Externally publishedYes


  • Medical checkup
  • Sports injury
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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