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Medical Conditions

Follow-up Treatment: Make sure the physician's orders are followed, if applicable.
Observe the athlete closely during practice and competition for signs of relapse.
Prevention: One of the primary ways to prevent the transmission of a virus is to
practice good hygiene. Athletes should wash their hands frequently and avoid sharing towels or water bottles. An entire team can be taken down if contaminated water
bottles are shared. Flu shots can also aid in the prevention of influenza.

THINKING IT THROUGH
It was a hot, dry, and
smoggy day in Riverside,
California, where the
Poly Bears were competing against the M.L. King
Sharks. Richard, the star runner for the Bears,
was ahead of the pack at the 2½-mile mark
when his breathing became labored. Richard is an asthmatic and had left his inhaler
at home, in a rush to make it to school that
day. Even though his breathing became
labored, he was determined to keep the
pace up and win the event.

The Poly Bears had set up emergency
stations at each ½-mile mark to look for
any type of medical condition. The medical station at mile 2½ could see Richard
was having trouble.

What should the person at that medical station do? If Poly was the home
team, how could they have prepared
for this situation? If Richard does have
an asthma attack, what are the first aid
procedures?
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CHAPTER SUMMARY

T

he sports medicine team will encounter medical conditions almost daily among
the athletes they work with. Some of these conditions can be controlled, such
as asthma and diabetes. The team must also be prepared for other conditions,
such as acute appendicitis, sickle-cell collapse, or a seizure, that may occur
unexpectedly and require immediate action and treatment by the sports medicine
team. Proper emergency procedures must be set up ahead of time for all the different
conditions and events, from the golf course to the swimming pool. If the team is not
properly prepared, the conditions can turn into an uncontrolled medical emergency.
Not enough can be stated about the importance of gathering a proper, accurate,
up-to-date, and complete medical history for each athlete. Having this history will
help prepare the sports medicine team for most medical emergencies. It is essential
that the athletic trainer, coaches, and other members of the sports medicine team
are informed about each athlete's medical conditions. Additionally, being aware of
emergency procedures is the best way of preparing for the sudden onset of medical
conditions that can lead to emergency situations.



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