Medical conditions affecting sports participation

Stephen G. Rice, Eric W. Small, Teri M. McCambridge, Holly Benjamin, David T. Bernhardt, Joel S. Brenner, Charles Cappetta, Joseph A. Congeni, Andrew J. Gregory, Bernard A. Griesemer, Frederick E. Reed, Jorge E. Gomez, Douglas B. Gregory, Paul R. Stricker, Claire Marie Ann Leblane, James Raynor, Michael F. Bergeron, Anjie Emanuel, Jeanne Lindros

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Children and adolescents with medical conditions present special issues with respect to participation in athletic activities. The pediatrician can play an important role in determining whether a child with a health condition should participate in certain sports by assessing the child's health status, suggesting appropriate equipment or modifications of sports to decrease the risk of injury, and educating the athlete, parent(s) or guardian, and coach regarding the risks of injury as they relate to the child's condition. This report updates a previous policy statement and provides information for pediatricians on sports participation for children and adolescents with medical conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)841-848
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Athletes
  • Contact and collision sports
  • Prevention management
  • Risk of injury
  • Safety
  • Strenuousness
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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