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Ultrasound in sports medicine

CPD Hours



Radiology, imaging and associated treatments
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The use of ultrasound for the diagnosis and management of athletic conditions has been increasing over the past decade. Several advantages of ultrasound have been recognised. It is a non-invasive, low-cost, portable imaging technique, which may be used by practitioners and technicians with variable expertise. It is a useful point-of-care tool, used to guide the real-time management of athletes.

The expanding role of ultrasound in sports medicine has been applied to several distinct areas: cardiovascular ultrasound (echocardiogram) and its potential to prevent sudden cardiac death in young athletes, musculoskeletal ultrasound for the diagnosis of a variety of disorders and guidance of minimally invasive treatments (namely, therapeutic injections), and abdominal ultrasound in order to assess splenic enlargement and groin pain.

Ongoing research continues to identify potential areas for the application of ultrasound in sports medicine including vascular ultrasound to identify and treat thrombosis, bone quantitative ultrasound to assess for bone mineralisation, and ultrasound to determine hydration status and intravascular volume.

This module is designed to provide insight into the use of ultrasound in sports medicine.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Identify the indications for cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and abdominal ultrasound for athletes.
  • Describe some of the current research findings related to the use of ultrasound in sports medicine.
  • Highlight several ultrasound techniques that have been used in research and practice.
  • Explain how ultrasound may be used to help differentiate between physiological and pathological cardiovascular changes in performance athletes.
  • Describe the advantages to using ultrasound guidance for minimally invasive treatments including therapeutic injections.

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