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Return to Play (RTP)

  • Alexandre Rebelo-Marques
  • Renato Andrade
  • Rogério Pereira
  • João Espregueira-Mendes
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Abstract

The popularity of sports in all of its forms continues to steadily increase. We live in an age where sport became a business. Winning or losing has a tremendous impact; it is more than just pride but also an important financial and social aspect. Return-to-play decisions are often difficult and complex. These will be better understood and accepted if all stakeholders are properly informed and considered.

The athlete’s main goal is to return to play as fast and as safe to preinjury levels of competition, without fear or increase risk of reinjury and without long-term comorbidities. For a successful return to performance, athletes need to fulfill specific objective criteria according to the injury or sports type, regain the athletic conditioning, and be psychologically ready.

In this chapter, we cluster and standardize the return-to-play process in all its dimensions, providing injury-specific objective data.

Keywords

Return to play Return to sports Return to competition Reconditioning Psychological readiness Multidisciplinary approach 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre Rebelo-Marques
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Renato Andrade
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
  • Rogério Pereira
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
    • 6
  • João Espregueira-Mendes
    • 1
    • 2
    • 7
    • 8
  1. 1.Clínica do Dragão, Espregueira-Mendes Sports Centre—FIFA Medical Centre of ExcellencePortoPortugal
  2. 2.Dom Henrique Research CentrePortoPortugal
  3. 3.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  4. 4.Coimbra Institute for Clinical and Biomedical Research (iCBR)CoimbraPortugal
  5. 5.Faculty of SportsUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  6. 6.University Fernando PessoaPortoPortugal
  7. 7.Medicine School of Minho UniversityBragaPortugal
  8. 8.ICVS/3B’s–PT Government Associate LaboratoryBraga/GuimarãesPortugal

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