Return to play: making the tough decisions

Phys Sportsmed. 1998 Sep;26(9):25-7. doi: 10.3810/psm.1998.09.1125.


When can I play again?" is a question familiar to sports medicine physicians and increasingly to primary care physicians who treat active people, from the third-grade soccer player to the 70-year-old tennis enthusiast. Those who ask this question are often seeking a definitive answer-and usually hoping for a quick return to boot. Unfortunately, medicine is not always a craft practiced in black and white but is often an art with a palette in several shades of gray.