What Determines Return to Play?
As Forth Worth and Hurst sports medicine specialists, we are often asked when an athlete will be ready to get back on the field. Even though many athletes will try to circle a date on their calendar long before they’re cleared, dates are moving targets. How soon an athlete can get back in the game is determined by many different variables, both physical and mental. This means that if you and your friend both have knee surgery about the same time, you won’t necessarily be cleared to play together.
In sports medicine, “return to play” refers to the point in time that an injured athlete is able to play at the same, or near the same, level as before the injury or surgery. No one likes it when an athlete is benched with an injury. When athletes go back into the game before they’re ready, they risk re-injury and longer periods of rehabilitation. Employing the right treatment plan in sports medicine – from diagnosis to surgery to physical therapy – can safely accelerate an athlete’s recovery.
Recovery from an injury usually follows a pretty logical path. However, it’s possible to speed up the process, and that’s what our doctors and physical therapists shoot for. At Trinity Orthopedics, we believe in doing everything possible to get an athlete back on the field as soon as possible and doing it right the first time. We offer the full spectrum of sports medicine treatments and work with athletes to determine the best course of treatment. Our doctors work backwards from the athlete’s goal, whether it’s return to play or simply full recovery, and focus on doing exactly what they need to reach that goal.