Time lost due to injuries and operations has a great impact on sportsmen and the absence from their teams may impact on their position in their teams and their income. One should tailor the treatment and permission to return (given by the surgeon and rehab team) optimal consideration.
It has been my observation that often blanket rules are applied without knowledge or attention to the exact patho-anatomy of the specific injury or operation
For each different injury and operation different rules would apply. In a short series of these blogs we will examine the different injuries, their management and when players could be allowed to return to their previous activity levels. In most injuries the following has to be taken into account:
1. Have the damaged structures healed to be able to sustain the demands of the particular sport?
2. Has the flexibility, co-ordination and muscle strength returned to the previous level?
Once these criteria are satisfied the player can usually be returned to his full sporting activity.
In the following few blogs the different injuries will be examined and the surgical procedures used in some of them will be mentioned with guidelines as far as return to play are concerned.
Of particular interest to me has been the concept of “accelerated rehab” for professional rugby players and that will be addressed in this series