Child and Sport Safety:
Basic Cardiac and General Health Evaluation

Scientific coordinator

Ioannis Germanakis
Assoc. Professor of Pediatrics-Pediatric Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete.

Coordinating Department / Laboratory:

Pediatrics Department, Medical School University of Crete

General Description

Preparticipation screening refers to the medical evaluation of athletes for detecting (screening) medical conditions associated with increased health risk during sport participation and appropriate referral of suspected cases for detailed confirmatory diagnosis. Preparticipation screening is based on medical history and physical evaluation performed by primary health care physicians. In contrast to well established recommendations for preparticipation screening for adult athletes, focusing mainly on cardiac screening, the preparticipation evaluation of children is challenging: not only the etiology and manifestation of pediatric heart disease differs from adults but further health issues which can affect their safe sport participation including neurology, pulmonology, endocrinology, orthopedic, ophthalmology, genetic etc health issues have to be detected. Furthermore, safe sport participation has to take into account the physical growth and psychosocial development stage children, supporting the joyful participation in a variety of recreational sports over competitive high intensity sports.

The summer school aims to present the principles of basic cardiac (including cardiac auscultation and pediatric electrocardiogram interpretation) as well as general health assessment during preparticipation screening for children participating in school and organized sports.

2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) Credits will be awarded.

Purpose of training

Participant will acquire basic theoretical knowledge and develop appropriate clinical skills in:

  1. Pediatric Cardiac Auscultation, differentiating innocent from abnormal heart sounds
  2. Basic Knowledge of pediatric electrocardiogram interpretation
  3. Personal and Family History regarding pediatric heart diseases
  4. Detecting symptoms and sings of a variety of further health issues potentially affecting safe sport participation in childhood, including neurology, pulmonology, orthopedic, endocrinology etc
  5. Knowledge of the importance of safe sport participation for all children, in sports appropriate for their developmental stage, interests and underlying health conditions

Who is it for

- Medical students –advanced level (having successfully attended preclinical pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonology, as a minimum).
- Postgraduate level, including master degree, PhD students of medicine or sports fields.
- Primary health care physicians, active in basic preparticipation screening including children (pediatricians, general physicians, cardiologists)

Duration / location

4 Day- course (blended learning, synchronous interactive e-learning (fist day) and hands on interactive multimedia based workshops (2nd-4th day)

Scientific-Organizing Committee

  • Ioannis Germanakis, Associate Professor
  • Emmanouil Paraskakis, Associate Professor
  • Emmanouil Galanakis, Professor


  • Ioannis Germanakis (Assoc. Prof. UOC)
  • Emmanouil Paraskakis (Assoc. Prof. UOC)
  • Rozalia Dimitriou (Assist. Prof. UOC)
  • Maria Bitsori (MD, PhD, UOC)
  • Stavroula Ilia (Assist. Prof. UOC)
  • Thomas Vrekousis (Assist Prof. UOC)
  • Maria Raisaki (Assoc Prof UOC)
  • Further educators to be announced.

Draft educational program (detailed by day)

Wednesday July 12th
15.00-16.00 Introduction -What sport for which child
16.00-16.20 Pediatric Pulmonology and sports
16.20-16.40 Pediatric Orthopedics and sports
16.40-17.00 Pediatric Neurology and sports
17.00-17.20 Pediatric Nephrology and sports
17.20-17.40 Pediatric Endocrinology and sports
17.40-18.00 The female athlete
18.00-18.20 Contusions and brain injury in sports
18.20-18.40 Sport injuries and imaging
18.40-19.00 First aid in pediatric sports
Thursday July 13th
115.00-19.00 Pediatric Electrocardiogram Workshop
Friday July 14th
15.00-19.00 Pediatric Cardiac Auscultation (Digital Phonocardiography) Workshop I
Saturday July 15th
9.00-13.00 Pediatric Cardiac Auscultation (Digital Phonocardiography) Workshop II
15.00-16.00 Certification Exams-Clinical Skills
16.00-17.00 Certification Exams –Theory –Course Validation

Draft social program (excursions, evenings, dinners, etc.):

To be announced

Student selection process

(maximum number of students, evaluation criteria)

Maximum 30
Evaluation criteria:Level of English proficiency, Evaluation of CV and motivation letter by the scientific committee

Application procedure

Online application (by email to )
Deadline: May 31st, 2023

Proposed tuition costs per participant

150 Euro per participant (estimated cost)

Additional comments

Accommodation, subsistence, personal insurance, and travel cost are not included in the tuition fees; any effort will be taken to provide a list of accommodation selections with favorable prices for the summer school participants.