Principles of Rehabilitation and Return to Sports Following Injury

Clin Podiatr Med Surg. 2015 Apr;32(2):261-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cpm.2014.11.009. Epub 2015 Jan 8.


Rehabilitation of an athlete can present its own challenges. Few protocols are available to guide physicians in proper return to sport. Rehabilitation after foot and ankle sport injury can be categorized into 3 different stages but should also be individualized. The focus of this article is to help the treating physician in creating a protocol to safely return an injured athlete back to sport based on current literature and principles.

Keywords: Athletic injuries; Rehabilitation; Return to sport; Sports medicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Humans
  • Recovery of Function
  • Return to Sport*