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When is it Safe to Return to Sports After an Injury?

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Returning too soon can increase your risk of re-injury, or developing a chronic problem that will lead to a longer recovery.
Air Date: 1/8/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Douglas McKeag, MD
mckeag douglas small resizedDr. McKeag was appointed Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine in October of 1999. He is OneAmerica Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine and Director, IU Center for Sports Medicine. Dr. McKeag is a past president and founder of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and is active with the American College of Sports Medicine. He helped develop the criteria for the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine through the American Board of Family Medicine.

He has served as a professional consultant to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Committee, Kuwait University, Puerto Rico Olympic Committee, Clemson University, New York Giants and the Indianapolis Colts.
When is it Safe to Return to Sports After an Injury?
Determining the criteria for an injured athlete's return to competition can be a confusing scenario when all the individuals involved are brought in.

These may include the athlete, parents, guardians, coaches, family physician, the athletic trainer, and others.

Returning too soon can increase your risk of re-injury or developing a chronic problem that will lead to a longer recovery.

Waiting too long, however, can lead to unnecessary deconditioning. 

It must be understood that the primary responsibility is to cause no harm to the athlete, while enabling him or her to participate at the highest level possible. A pedometer senses your body motion and counts your footsteps. This count is converted into distance by knowing the length of your usual stride. Wearing a pedometer and recording your daily steps and distance is a great motivating tool
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