Remote assessment in sport and exercise medicine
Citation: Dijkstra HP, Ergen E, Holtzhausen L, et al. Remote assessment in sport and exercise medicine (SEM): a narrative review and teleSEM solutions for and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2020;54(19):1162-7.
What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on healthcare systems and increasing use is being made of telehealth.
In this narrative review, the authors searched for articles that would help them to develop (a) guiding principles for planning and conducting remote consultations in sport and exercise medicine (teleSEM) and (b) a generic guide for teleSEM consultation. They restricted their searches to articles published in English since 1 January 2015 but did not restrict their searches by type of study. They did the search on 1 June 2020.
What was found: At the time of this review, the authors found that teleSEM provides solutions for remote athlete clinical care during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
They provide an example of a generic teleSEM injury assessment guide and noted that it is important for sport and exercise medicine physicians to apply some of the clinical and interactional telemedicine lessons from other medical specialties when designing teleSEM services (ideally in collaboration with athletes, coaches and other clinicians) and to gradually implement the services with appropriate support and education.
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