Evaluating Common Sports Injuries in Primary Care

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Adolescents sustain more than 2.5 million sports-related injuries per year, and a large majority are related to the knee or shoulder. Concussions, if improperly handled, may lead to life-threatening complications. Nationwide Children’s Section of Sports Medicine has created guides, including differential diagnoses for common knee and shoulder injuries and a return-to-play protocol after concussion, to aid primary care providers in evaluation and deciding when referral is appropriate.