Return to Sport Protocols
One of our greatest passions and goals is to enhance the coordination of return to sport for athletes after an injury or surgery. Previously, the typical paradigm of athlete
recovery involved medical/surgical acute care followed by physiotherapy and then being “cleared” for return to play with instructions to “start slowly” or take it “easy at first”. Over the past two years, we have worked closely with elite hockey coaches, athletic trainers, and physical therapists to develop progressive return to sport protocols similar to those we use with our professional athletes. This has been incredibly rewarding for several reasons:
- Lower rates of re-injury
- Higher rates of successful return to pre-injury performance
- More positive rehabilitation experience
- Athlete is more prepared to excel upon return with less apprehension about contact or recurrent injury
- To achieve these goals, we focus heavily on active rehabilitation to optimize core strength, minimize loss of cardiovascular endurance, enhance flexibility and progressively strengthen while incorporating sport-specific exercises collaboratively with the surgeon, patient, therapist, coach, and trainer working toward a common goal.
- Ice Hockey – Paul Fritz & ToughIt Training
- Golf – Smart Therapy & Peak Golf Fitness – Return to golf after shoulder surgery or other injuries requires careful attention to not only swing mechanics, but core strength, flexibility, tempo, and kinetic chain motion restoration. Our team understands these considerations and works with talented experts to help patients get back to their game.
- Football, Lacrosse, Soccer