Did you know that during the first game back after an injury, the chance of re-injury is 87% higher compared to regular season games. This includes the chance of muscle injury rate being 158% higher!
Returning to sport too soon can lead to an increased rate of re-injury.
This increased injury risk can be attributed to various factors which need to be considered in your rehab.
how long is it going to take until I can play?
This is dependent on factors such as tissue healing, current presentation (e.g. range of motion, strength, biomechanics), sport-specific demands and amount of treatment. For example, a grade 2 hamstring strain can take up to 6 weeks to heal. It is important to note that this does not mean at 6 weeks you can return to sport, as after an injury occurs there is a period of deconditioning and adaptations which occur and need to be addressed. If it is not addressed, this increases your re-injury risk.
how can I return to play as soon as I can?
Common sporting injuries have return-to-sport criteria which need to be met to decrease the risk of re-injury. For example, it is recommended that the injured limb needs to be able to perform testing at 90% compared to the non-injured side. The physiotherapist will discuss this with you and develop a plan on how to get there.
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