Often there is a need to “bridge the gap” between the time when formal rehabilitation ends and when an individual is cleared to be able to participate in their desired sport or high level activity. This is one of the roles that a Return to Sport conditioning program can serve.
This begins with a general muculoskeletal screening to determine any residual musculoskeletal impairment that may be present from a previous injury or surgery.
The next step is to establish a functional baseline by having an athlete perform several standardized tests so that deficits can be quantified and a plan can be established to address these during subsequent training sessions.
Prior to starting their competitive season it can also be beneficial for an athlete to come in for a ‘tune-up’ and make sure they are able to compete at an optimum level.