Injury Evaluation Process
- It is the most important part of evaluation.
- It requires good communication skills.
- Ask questions about: Mechanism, sounds, pain location, onset of symptoms, description of symptoms, and any previous injuries.
- Examples of Mechanism of injury are FOOSH and direct blow. An example of a sound is a pop. An example of previous injuries are fractures or tears that have already occurred.
- Make sure to listen for any information about the history of the patient.
- Observation begins when patient enters athletic training room
- Examples of observation are deformities, ecchymosis, swelling, bilateral symmetry, and skin.
- Anything you feel for
- Examples are point tenderness, deformities, crepitus, gapping, muscle tension, and temperature.
- The order of palpation is Bony tissue, ligament structures, muscle tissues.
- Special Tests are tests that can be used to see whether the person is healthy or not.
- There is Active, Passive, and Resistive Range-of-Motion.
- (AROM) is willingness to move, (PROM) is the quantity of movement and includes endfeels, and RROM is testing the strength of the muscles.
- Examples of special tests are Range of Motion, Ligament and Capsular, Neurological, and functional tests.