Principles of Rehabilitation

  • Michelina C. Cassella
  • Kathleen Richards


The number of adolescent athletes competing in organized sports has significantly increased over the past several years, thus causing a rise in sport-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. Sport is the number one cause of injuries in 5–17-yr-old children (1). 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 sport 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.


Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rehabilitation Program Ankle Sprain Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Overuse Injury 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelina C. Cassella
    • 1
  • Kathleen Richards
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational TherapyChildren’s Hospital BostonBostonUSA

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