Return to Sport Principles: Episode 60
In this episode: Every individual will go through a different process to get back to his or her sport or activity. Sure protocols exist but they are generalized and don’t provide the kind of adaptability needed. That is why we use some principles instead.
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Return to sport principles. This is not going to be super specific to any sport here we are discussing generally about what you are looking for and trying to accomplish when doing that. This is a pretty important part for athletes when going though rehab.
Rehab does not stop just because your pain is gone or you have regained your strength or motion. That is really when the fun part begins. Most people think that physical therapy is there to just get you far enough to hand you off to a personal trainer, in to strength and conditioning or a coach.
That is really not the case at all. There is a lot more to it, especially when it comes to being safe when returning. We could do a whole episode just on professional athlete’s that have returned from injury only to injure themselves again.
There is a lot more that needs to happen for someone to be ready to play then can be measured with a tape measure, goniometer or even an MRI. There are tons of protocols that exist and that is a nice guideline but they are not always that useful. Some people are way ahead in their recovery and others need a few more weeks to reach a certain milestone.
This is where the importance of physical therapy comes in. It is so important to do a proper assessment at everyone of these stages. You need someone who is able to make proper assessment of kinematic movement. This is not always measureable by a tool. It is also something that is not correctable by having someone just get stronger or increase his or her range of motion.
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