The Importance Of Trauma In Sports

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Every athlete’s worst nightmare is getting hurt. One of the worst feelings in the world is not being able to compete and having to watch your team compete without you. One of the most severe injuries an athlete can have is the tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This requires an extensive recovery and some athletes never fully recover. There is a lot that goes into an ACL injury and also its recovery. First of all, the ACL is a ligament in the knee. The knee joint is the articulation between the femur, patella, tibia, and fibula. The patella is the knee cap. There are many other ligaments that are present in the knee. The medial collateral and lateral collateral ligaments control medial and lateral stability of the knee as their …show more content…
Phase V - return to sport, usually at six months
o Patient must meet all the criteria for return to sports o No soft tissue or range of motion complaints o Physician must clear the patient to resume full activities o The goal is safe return to sports o Education of patient about possible limitations o Maintenance of strength, endurance, and proprioception o Functional bracing may be recommended for the first one to two
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According to Emery Healthcare, during the first part of the rehab process the following exercises are examples of the exercises that will be performed: heel slides, quad sets, knee extension, and straight leg raise (abduction). A diagram of these exercises are included on the attached document. After swelling has gone down and range of motion starts coming back, these exercises can be performed: wall squat with a physioball, balance exercises on a physical therapist’s wobble board, and terminal knee extension. Straight line running can be done anywhere from 2-6 months depending on how the recovery process is going. The goal for return to play and full recovery is usually six months but can be longer especially if the ACL has been injured more than

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