Return to Running
To determine your physical readiness to return to running, we have established a group of tests and prerequisites that must be achieved prior to initiating jogging activities. Take a look at them below and check out this video for more information.
- Pass >85% symmetry between legs on the Y-Balance Test.
- Score satisfactory (>85% symmetry) on leg muscular endurance tests:
- Single leg calf raise test
- Single leg sit to stand
- Single leg hamstring bridge
- Perform satisfactory on the Single Leg Pogo Test.
- Tolerate 20+ total minutes of pre-running/plyometric activities
When it comes to the return to sport decision making process, there are many factors that need to be considered. At Rehab 2 Perform™ we utilize a battery of tests to determine the physical readiness of athletes as part of return to sport.
These tests assess aspects of strength, speed/agility, jumping, and general conditioning that compares your:
- surgical vs. non-surgical limb
- current performance to your own prior level of conditioning
- current performance to that of your uninjured peers
These physical measures do not tell the whole story but they do provide a lot of context to your rehabilitation in terms of how prepared you are to return to sport. They also provide valuable data that ensures you are trending positively toward a safe return to sport.
Passing these types of tests (sometimes referred to as a “Limb Symmetry Index”) does not guarantee that you will not reinjure your knee. Not passing these tests does not guarantee you will reinjure your knee. However, research has shown that:
- There is an increased rate of reinjury in those that do not pass return to sport test batteries.
- There is a positive correlation between regaining quadriceps muscle strength and favorable return to sport outcomes.
Ideally we will have the opportunity to perform return to sport testing multiple times before you are discharged. This ensures we have multiple data points over time so that we may track outcomes, demonstrate progress, and provide you and your family with the best possible opportunity to make an informed decision regarding your return to sport.