Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Return to competition following athletic injury: Sports rehabilitation as a whole

Giulio Sergio Roi


An injury has a multifactorial nature and produces tissue damage, resulting in clinical symptoms and different degrees of immobilization and rest that affects the performance capacity of the athlete as a whole person. Therefore each injury needs to be viewed in the setting of the entire athlete, so functional recovery after injury may be considered a multivariate psycho-biological phenomenon involving the whole injured athlete.

The safe return to competitions after injury is a process that must involve the injured athlete as a whole person, where the rehabilitation team must work together to consider the biological, neuro-mechanical, metabolic and psycho-sociological aspects of the rehabilitation, with particular emphasis on the end phases of the functional recovery that must be performed on the field.

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