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TEAM PHYSICIAN’S CORNER

PROMOTING WELLNESS IN
THE CARE OF THE ATHLETE

DOUGLAS F. AUKERMAN, MD MEDICAL CARE PROVIDERS WHO CARE FOR
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics AND TREAT ATHLETES have the unique challenge of balanc-
and Rehabilitation
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center ing attention to injury treatment and prevention with general wellness and
Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician chronic disease counseling. A unique opportunity for addressing health
Team Physician, Penn State University promotion is available to the medical care provider in the form of the pre-
University Park, Pennsylvania participation exam, but this interaction can also occur during episodic care
for injuries. There has been considerable debate about the content and
WAYNE J. SEBASTIANELLI, MD setting of the pre-participation physical exam. While the selection of the
Professor, Department of Orthopaedics type and content of the exam will remain a personal choice by the indi-
and Rehabilitation vidual physician, there are several health issues that deserve considerable
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center attention. For those athletes who receive medical care in a setting where
Director of Athletic Medicine and Team Physician, they have an initial physical screen and then only episodic care for injuries,
Penn State University a truly valuable chance is missed to impact current and future health of
University Park, Pennsylvania the athlete.

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