Issues Related to Illness and Injury in Athletes and the Team Physician: A
Consensus Statement-2016 Update.
Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2017
May;49(5):1043-1054. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001247.
An updated consensus
statement on psychological issues related to illness and injury among athletes
has been developed by a collaboration of 6 organizations: American Academy of
Family Physicians, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of
Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American
Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the American Osteopathic Academy
of Sports Medicine. The goal of the statement is “to help the team physician improve
the care of the athlete by understanding the relationship between psychological
issues and athletic performance, illness, injury, treatment, and [return to
play]”. The document covers psychological antecedents of athletic injuries, psychological
reactions accompanying athletic injury, psychological issues of athletic
illness and injury treatment and rehabilitation, psychological issues and
return to play, select psychological issues in athletes (e.g., stress/anxiety,
depression, disordered eating/eating disorders), and referring athletes to the
mental health care network.