Returning to Sports
If you are an athlete we recommend you follow a Graduated Return to Sport Strategy that can be designed with you and your healthcare team and sports staff.
You strategies and plan should be specific to your sport
You should not return to contact sports for at least 2-3 weeks even if you are symptom free because you may be at higher risk of re-injury.
Graduated Return to Sports Strategy:
Step 1 Symptom-limited activity
- Daily activities that do not provoke symptoms
- Goal: Gradual reintroduction of work/school activities
Step 2 Light aerobic exercise
- Walking or stationary cycling at slow to medium pace.
- No resistance training
- Goal: Increase heart rate
Step 3 Sport-specific exercise
- Running or skating drills.
- No head impact activities
- Goal: Add movement
Step 4 Non-contact training drills
- Harder training drills, eg, passing drills.
- May start progressive resistance training
- Goal: Exercise, coordination and increased thinking
Step 5 Full contact practice
- Following medical clearance, participate in normal training activities
- Goal: Restore confidence and assess functional skills by coaching staff
Step 6 Return to sport Normal game play
- Ideally you should get clearance from a medical provider to return to full contact practice and play.