Phases of Rehabilitation

Phase 1: PRICE- Manage pain and swelling.

Phase 2: Begin ROM and resume cardiovascular training.

Phase 3: Restore ROM, improve strength and endurance, proprioception, and continue cardiovascular training.

Phase 4: Restore strength, begin sport specific exercises.

Phase 5: Return to sport.

Practical Principles of Rehabilitation for the Treatment Room

As a volunteer or a coordinator in the treatment room, you operate under Jodi’s direction. You should do your best to research material that will help the athlete you treat. At this point in your academic and professional career, most of you, if not all, do not have enough training in rehabilitation to know how to specifically help someone at their point of injury. As such, here are some principles to help guide you as you work to help the people in the treatment room.

Do not be afraid to draw upon the wealth of knowledge from fellow students, coordinators, and Jodi as you rehabilitate your athlete. These people can be valuable resources to guarantee the success of your athlete’s healing. Ultimately, what happens in the treatment room should always be under Jodi’s guidance. She has more authority than this manual. (For further information on rehabilitation, review pages 193-198 in Essentials of Athletic Injury Management by William Prentice.)

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