Everything you want to know about preparing your athletes for return to sport from a sports clinical specialist (part 1 of 2)
Each year numerous athletes get “re-injured”. What are you doing for your return to sport process?!
Return to sport testing is always an interesting topic discussed within sports medicine. It is an ever-growing subsection of sports physical therapy. While we wait for research to catch up to validate and create reliable tests, what else can we do to put our athletic patients into the best possible situation for a healthy return?
The most important thing with the return to sport process is understanding what components are necessary to consider. For many physical therapists this means ROM, pain, strength, and a few validated tests in the research (think hop tests). Yet this is not nearly enough to consider. In fact, it’s not even close. Let me explain some of the things I look at when treating athletes.
Task Analysis & Sport Biomechanics:
Part 2 will cover specifics on loaded vs unloaded movements, sports specific tests, and return to sport tests! Stay Tuned!
Dr. Brian Schwabe, PT, DPT, SCS, COMT, CSCS
Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist