This post continues down the same theme as the article I wrote regarding return to play assessment for upper limb injuries. If you have not read this yet, I strongly recommend you read it first. Along the same vein, this article loosely outlines my sideline assessment for a lower limb injury. The process guides my decision making about an athlete’s ability to return to play. Of course, it also gives me information as to the likely quality of the performance the athlete will give upon return, which can help the coaching staff decide whether they will risk an “injured player”.
My Favourite Dynamic Postural Control Objective Outcome Measure Firstly, thanks for checking out the video. I hope that it was helpful and if you are not already using the Star Excursion Balance Test you will now. This is the information that I felt was too ‘nitty gritty’ to include in the video. Reliability of the […]
When to allow an injured player to return to play is a dubious subject. Whilst the level of risk will vary, any time an injured player takes the field there is a clear and present danger of further damage. In the case of acute soft tissue injuries logic suggests that the principles of RICE and No HARM must be implemented and thus no further exercise that day. However, try telling the athlete and coaching staff that. There are times when the sports physiotherapist will stretch their boundaries when it comes to return to play, discussed here. Therefore, it is important to have an objective, clear and structured assessment to implement on the acutely injured player to assess their ability to return to play (RTP).
Recently, more than ever, the importance of establishing a clinical network has become apparent to me. By clinical network I mean a group of health professionals with which you have established relationships and maintain regular professional contact with. Whilst many sports physiotherapists would be acutely aware of the benefits of such a network, some may not realise the effect that it can have.
Want to know how important a clinical network can be? Read on.
Introduction Concussions are a common sports injury, most often sustained by athletes involved in contact sports. Therefore, the sports physiotherapist will regularly assess, diagnose and subsequently manage this condition. Concussion is a potentially life-threatening condition, and thus appropriate evidence based assessment and management is crucial. However, there is a broad and often confusing body of […]
INTRODUCTION As a sports physiotherapist I spend my weekends at sporting grounds assessing, diagnosing, treating, and probably most importantly preventing sports injuries. Similar to the majority of sports physios – I do this mostly out of love for the industry and sport (as sporting clubs are frequently strapped for cash). For my rugby league team […]