Preseason cardiovascular examination: a review

J Adolesc Health Care. 1990 Sep;11(5):379-86. doi: 10.1016/0197-0070(90)90083-e.


The responsibility of the physician performing a preseason sports physical examination includes identifying cardiac disease and giving appropriate guidance about participation in competitive sports. This article reviews the leading causes of sudden cardiac death in young athletes, discusses other common cardiac conditions, assesses recommendations for competitive sports, and discusses the preseason examination as a mechanism for detecting a cardiac problem that should exclude an athlete from competition.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Death, Sudden / etiology
  • Humans
  • Physical Examination*
  • Seasons*
  • Sports*