Shoulder instability: return to play

Clin Sports Med. 2004 Jul;23(3):335-51, vii-viii. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2004.02.004.


Shoulder instability in the competitive athlete is a relatively common problem. The etiology of glenohumeral instability that can affect the athlete runs a wide spectrum, from an isolated traumatic dislocation to repeated microtrauma or congenital laxity. Although many athletes are able to adapt to a mild laxity that might only occasionally affect them, it can be much more difficult to adapt or return to play after a dislocation or repeated subluxation episodes. This article focuses on the return to play for competitive individuals after a glenohumeral dislocation or reconstructive surgery for shoulder instability.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Joint Instability / physiopathology
  • Joint Instability / rehabilitation*
  • Recovery of Function
  • Shoulder Injuries*
  • Shoulder Joint / anatomy & histology
  • Shoulder Joint / physiopathology
  • Sports Medicine