Every rehabilitation intervention is centered on functional goals. This is true in the rehabilitation floor, and also is true during the recovery of a sport related injury. Rehabilitation from a sport related injury can be divided into four phases, each having established goals in order to advance to the next one.

These phases can be divided in the acute or inflammatory phase, recovery phase, functional phase, and lastly the return to sport phase. In the past each phase was associated with specific elapsed time, now we are leaning towards advancing phases by meeting specific goals.

The overall rehabilitation goal after a sport related injury is return to sport, but we have to ensure that this occurs after adequate assessment. There are no specific guidelines that can be generalized to every type of injury, but we will discuss multiple tools that are available in order to have objective criteria in making this decision.

We will discuss key factors in the return to sport decision algorithm: the history and physical exam, clinical kinetic chain assessment, objective and functional testing, and psychological screening.

We will have four small groups where each factor will be discussed in depth. Each attendee will rotate though each individual station.