Rehabilitation in the Athletes

  • Ilaria Saroglia
  • Giulia Pompili


Sporting rehabilitation depends essentially on anatomical and biomechanical knowledge, lesion mechanisms, and the trauma or overuse pathology of the sport in question. This chapter concerns the early care of injured athletes, specific rehabilitation protocols, and finally the return to competitive activity, considering the whole psychological and social sphere linking athletes to their injury. We consider the main lesions of the hand and wrist as fractures, avulsion, dislocations, impingement, and tendinitis affecting athletes practicing combat sports. We investigate how conservative and postsurgical rehabilitation, with essential support from splints and edema reduction by taping techniques, can restore the athlete to competitive sporting activity as soon as possible, without violating the healing times of different tissues. The timing of rehabilitation is that of specific protocols found in the literature for the finger, metacarpal, and wrist trauma, likewise for immobilization, edema reduction, and pain treatment. Athletes are allowed to resume early sporting activity, thanks also to protective splints, paying special attention to movements and psychological effects of the injury. Treating anatomical areas with a high prevalence of tendon, ligament, and joint capsule receptors, proprioceptive recovery is necessary in order to obtain an optimum stability and orientation of hand and wrist.


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  • Ilaria Saroglia
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  • Giulia Pompili
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  1. 1.Salus Medical CenterGrossetoItaly

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