Principles of Rehabilitation

  • Michelina C. CassellaEmail author
  • Kathleen Richards
Part of the Contemporary Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine book series (PASM)


The number of adolescent athletes competing in organized sports has significantly increased over the past several years, thus causing a rise in sports-related injuries. Adolescents are specializing in sports at an earlier age and, in some cases, performing excessive and repetitive training that often leads to overuse injuries. More than 2.6 million children and young adults require medical attention each year for sports and recreational injuries. Many sports-related injuries do not receive proper rehabilitation. Adolescents may return to sports training and/or competition too quickly after an injury. This often causes a recurrence of the injury and/or the development of a new injury. Therefore, a comprehensive rehabilitation program to successfully manage an injury is extremely important to ensure the safe return to sports and/or competition. Appropriate rehabilitation and education of athletes, parents, and coaches are essential components in assisting the young athlete’s recovery. In addition, the rehabilitation program should include the athlete’s personal goals.


Sports-related injuries Growth and maturation Assessment Rehabilitation Injury prevention Safe return to sports 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical TherapyChildren’s Hospital Boston at WalthamWalthamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physical TherapyPlymouth Bay Orthopaedics and Sports TherapyDuxburyUSA

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