Stanford Sports Medicine Researchers Evaluate Efficacy of Pre-Participation Exams

PPE Article PictureDirector of Sports Medicine Gordon Matheson, MD, PhD, Director of Athletic Training Scott Anderson, MA, ATC, and former Stanford AT Kevin Robell MA, ATC recently evaluated the utility of using an electronic, cloud based data collection platform for the collegiate student-athlete Pre Participation Evaluation (PPE). Published in this months’ American Journal of Sports Medicine, “Injuries and Illnesses in the Preparticipation Evaluation Data of 1693 College Student-Athletes” reports the authors experience using the tool and its comprehensive evaluation process over a four-year period of first time users. 

 This was the first study to report on injury and illness histories of student athletes prior to joining a collegiate sport program. The study revealed a significantly high frequency of prior injuries and time lost from sport. They also found over 10% of student athletes had injuries that were unresolved at the time of the PPE. This study confirms the ePPE as an effective method for evaluating risk of sport participation as well as the collection of comprehensive health data, which has not been widely accepted to date.

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