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Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2013 Feb;8(1):44-53.

Development of a physical performance assessment checklist for athletes who sustained a lower extremity injury in preparation for return to sport: a delphi study.

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Walsh University Department of Physical Therapy, North Canton, OH.

Abstract

PURPOSE/BACKGROUND:

To develop a consensus on the critical constructs necessary to be included in a physical performance assessment checklist (PPAC) to assess an athlete's ability for return to sport following a lower extremity injury.

METHODS:

The study used a 3-round Delphi method to finalize the PPAI originally developed by a panel of experts. Fourteen Delphi representative sample participants were randomly derived from the authors of peer-reviewed publications of lower extremity injuries. Nine participants completed all 3 rounds.

RESULTS:

Throughout the 3 rounds, the 10 initial constructs were modified and revised to produce the finalized PPAC consisting of 12 constructs necessary to consider for an athlete's return to sport after a lower extremity injury.

CONCLUSIONS:

This instrument can be used as a checklist to advocate for prospective batteries of physical performance tests to incorporate the elements identified by this study.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE:

5.

KEYWORDS:

lower extremity injury; physical performance test; return to sport

PMID:
23439809
PMCID:
PMC3578433

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