Stage 5 - Return to Sport

Time period: Six months and beyond

The goal, at this point, is to facilitate a safe return to sport with safety and confidence.

Treatment Guidelines

  • May safely perform open chain quadriceps work (i.e. leg extensions)
  • Proceed in the development of plyometrics and sport-specific drills
  • Participate in skill exercises and return to training
  • Continue to enhance power and endurance.

Modifications may be required when returning to sport, to reflect the specific demands of each sport.  For example, a footballer by start training in running shoes or short springs, initially returning to the lower grades.  A skier must stay on groomed slopes, initially avoiding moguls and off piste.