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Curr Sports Med Rep. 2018 Nov;17(11):376-390. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000533.

Returning to Sport After Gymnastics Injuries.

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1
Children's Hospital Colorado, Sports Medicine Center, Aurora, CO.
2
University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO.
3
University of Colorado School of Medicine, Physical Therapy Program, Aurora, CO.
4
Cascade Sports Injury Prevention and PT, Lakewood, CO.

Abstract

Acute and overuse injuries are a common experience for artistic gymnasts; however, this population has unique needs when returning to their sport after an injury due to the technical demands imposed during gymnastics. We reviewed the current literature regarding return to play (RTP) in artistic gymnasts and developed four goals: 1) to define the guiding principles used to determine RTP in sports, 2) to identify factors that affect recovery progression among gymnasts, 3) to determine how different injury types affect RTP protocols, and 4) to create structured RTP protocols specific to gymnasts based on sex and body part injured. By establishing these guidelines, we hope to provide guidance to medical providers through a standardized approach for returning gymnasts to their sport.

PMID:
30407946
DOI:
10.1249/JSR.0000000000000533
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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