This program has been developed based on the most recent literature research and best practice implementation. The program development was a collaborative effort with the Carleton Sport Medicine Clinic and the Carleton University High Performance Centre.
There is significant evidence for goal based physical landmarks for return to activity following knee ACL surgery. The principle of return to play(RTP) testing is to apply this rationale for all injured athletes. The guidelines behind the training principles for RTP can also be effective in injury prevention.
To be eligible for return to play testing you have to have the ability to jump and hop on one leg. You will need to be able to perform single leg jumping and hopping in order to complete this assessment. If you are at the stage in your recovery that you are unable to do these functional movements confidently and without pain more rehabilitation is required before scheduling your performance test. The return to play tests are normally scheduled between 6-9 months following ACL surgery.
Return to play testing involves:
- functional movement screening,
- hopping testing ,
- ACL return to sport mental readiness questionnaire
- force plate technology from Hawkins Dynamic.
- Force plate demo
- Counter movement Jump
Registration for the return to play can be done by referral from your Orthopedic surgeon, sport medicine physician or therapist by fax at 613-520-3974.
For direct access or questions regarding the program please call the Carleton Sport Medicine Clinic at 613-520-3510 or email. For email please include RTP in subject line. firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring to your sessions:
- Athletic shoes
- Athletic wear
- Water bottle
- Brace (if required)
- Discharge report/ progress report from referring healthcare provider
Sample report of return to play (RTP) report provided to you and your healthcare provider to assist in your decision of activity progression and improving knowledge for a safer return to sport.