When Can You Return to Sport?
Ultimately, your sports physiotherapist, doctor or surgeon determine your safe return to sport. They will take into consideration your tissue healing and how well your function has progressed in your rehabilitation. Returning to sport too early can delay healing and prolong recovery and pain.
Your physiotherapist will aim to speed up the process via some hands-on treatment techniques, graduated exercises, plus, most importantly, strength, functional, sport-specific and agility exercises to replicate your sport. Sometimes protective bracing or taping may allow an early return to sport.
As a general rule, most soft tissue injuries and bone injuries will take a minimum of six weeks for scar tissue maturation or a bone healing phase. Therefore, caution is required. Please discuss with your sports physiotherapist, surgeon, or sports physician who can liaise with your coach.