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2022 Apr

Clin Sports Med



Regional Anesthesia in the Elite Athlete.


Meyer P, Schroeder K
Clin Sports Med. 2022 Apr; 41(2):291-302.
PMID: 35300841.


Elite athletes are exposed to an elevated risk of musculoskeletal injury which may present a significant threat to an athlete's livelihood. The perioperative anesthetic plan of care for these injuries in the general population often incorporates regional anesthesia procedures due to several benefits. However, some concern exists regarding the potential for regional anesthesia to adversely impact functional recovery in an elite athlete who may have a lower tolerance for this risk. This article aims to review the data behind this concern, discuss strategies to improve the safety of these procedures and explore the features of consent in this patient population.