If an athlete suffers an injury, the chances of re-aggravating that injury or compensating and having a different injury are high without a proper return to play protocol between a physical therapist and a trainer.
There are a number of things that a parent should look for in a return to play program for their child, such as:
- Good interaction between personal trainers and physical therapists. That interaction is vital to prevent re-injury. Physical therapists can instruct which movements to avoid and monitor.
- Qualified trainers with credentials and experience working with post-rehab patients.
- Trainers should have familiarity with the conditions therapists are treating and restrictions that might be put on some athletes.
- Parents should receive feedback from trainers. Are they making progress? Are there specific areas needing improvements?
- The program should include standardized testing, such as the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and periodic re-testing.
If you have questions about how our staff can help collaborate with your child’s physical therapist in order to help prevent re-injury, please contact us at [email protected] or call 973-539-2000
To learn more about Bill Parisi’s interview with Nick Peppes, PT, OCS, MDT and Dr. Damion Martins of Atlantic Health Systems, please visit the link below: