Sport activities for children and adolescents: the Position of the European Academy of Paediatrics and the European Confederation of Primary Care Paediatricians 2023—Part 1. Pre-participation physical evaluation in young athletes

Anna Turska-Kmieć, Daniel Neunhaeuserer, Artur Mazur, Łukasz Dembiński, Stefano del Torso, Zachi Grossman, Shimon Barak, Adamos Hadjipanayis, Jarosław Peregud-Pogorzelski, Tomasz Kostka, Andrzej Bugajski, Gottfried Huss, Monika Kowalczyk-Domagała, Justyna Wyszyńska

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Abstract

The European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP) and the European Confederation of Primary Care Paediatricians (ECPCP) emphasize the importance of promoting healthy lifestyles within the pediatric population. Many health professionals have questions concerning adequate levels of physical activity for both the healthy pediatric population and for those who may have specific complications. Unfortunately, the academic literature that provides recommendations for participation in sport activities within the pediatric population that have been published during the last decade in Europe is limited and is mainly dedicated to specific illnesses or advanced athletes and not toward the general population. The aim of part 1 of the EAP and ECPCP position statement is to assist healthcare professionals in implementing the best management strategies for a pre-participation evaluation (PPE) for participation in sports for individual children and adolescents. In the absence of a uniform protocol, it is necessary to respect physician autonomy for choosing and implementing the most appropriate and familiar PPE screening strategy and to discuss the decisions made with young athletes and their families. This first part of the Position Statement concerning Sport Activities for Children and Adolescents is dedicated to healthy young athletes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1125958
JournalFrontiers in Pediatrics
Volume11
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2023

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • children
  • physical evaluation
  • pre-participation
  • sport
  • young athlete

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