Monday, September 14, 2015

Should you get a checkup before a wilderness event?

All the youngsters are getting pre-participation exams (PPEs) before football season begins--but how about you not-so-youngsters who participate in wilderness and adventure events? Are you good to go--and to climb, run, dodge bears, roar around all day?

The Clinical J of Sports Med took this on in a special issue. They say there has been a noticeable increase in extreme endurance events out in the back country. And middle-aged or older people are taking part.

The idea of PPEs for this is not to disqualify people--but to identify the risk factors for injury and illnesses during strenuous activities.

In other words, don't underestimate risks or overestimate skills.

Things have to be considered are high altitudes, mountaineering or climbing, deserts, water, extremes of heat or cold, and special populations.

Sounds like a pretty good idea to me. Not that your humble correspondent will be crawling across any deserts--well, maybe to get the mail, but that's it.

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