Medical examination for athletes
Even though athletes are usually healthy and strong, they too may have questions about their own health status. A medical examination specially designed for athletes provides the answers.
Heart examinations require special attention, as some abnormalities are acceptable in an athlete’s heart. We know that endurance sports increase the size of the cardiac chambers and that strength training thickens the walls of the heart. These changes can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from heart disease. The fact that slightly different deviations in e.g. ECG are considered acceptable in different genetic groups also poses a challenge. With increasing internationalisation, these issues have come up on the agenda here in Finland too.
Thanks to the Finnish system of maternity and child clinics and school healthcare, most congenital heart defects are diagnosed at an early stage. Many sports clubs and federations also require their athletes to have regular health checks. Thanks to this, Finland has seen few cases of heart-related sudden deaths among athletes. Such tragedies have occurred in many other countries, and as a result, international sports federations such as FIFA and UEFA have issued recommendations concerning regular health checks for athletes.
Elite athletes are advised to have health checks once a year. The same recommendation applies to young athletes who quality- and quantity-wise train on the same level as adults. Many youths who aim for professional sports careers train quite professionally already as 16-year-olds. An ECG is an important part of the health check, and you should always bring your old ECG results to the appointment for comparison purposes. During your health check, we will also offer guidance on how to avoid any injuries that are typical of your sport, among other things. We will also check whether you need to update any of your vaccinations.
NB! Medical examinations for athletes are performed for preventive purposes. The physician assesses the possible need for further examinations or treatment and books you in for additional appointments if necessary.
Go to the laboratory at any one of Diacor’s medical centres (CRP C-reactive protein, basic blood count, thrombocytes and resting ECG).
Make an appointment for your health check online or by calling 09 775 0800.
If you have previously had an ECG, you should bring your old results.
Further examinations, such as a physiotherapist’s muscle balance assessment, will be performed if necessary.
Kanervo AkiOccupational Health Physician, General Practitioner
Specialist in General Practice and Occupational Health. Sports medicine, traffic medicine, diving and hyperbaric medicine, industrial medicine
Korpi KirsiCardiologist, Sport Physician, General Practitioner
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Köhler KlausSports Medicine Specialist, General Practitioner, Sport Physician
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Vihavainen MikaGeneral Practitioner, Sport Physician
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