By Jett Trembath
It is important when returning to sport after an injury that you meet all the relevant demands for your chosen sport.
Meeting these criteria through a structured return to play program will reduce the likelihood of re-injury and provide confidence to the athlete that they will be able to perform at the same level or even better than they did previously.
As mentioned, each sport requires different criteria, and it is vital your practitioner understands this and what is required to perform your chosen sport in order to safely return. For example, tackling in rugby league, rugby union and AFL. Ball control and balance in soccer. Upper limb endurance and strength in tennis, gymnastics and chess.