When is an Athlete Ready to Return to Play? (Care of the Young
One of the first questions an athlete will ask
following injury or illness is, "When can I play again?" The
answer is rarely quick or simple. Return-to-play decisions can be controversial
and a source of conflict between health care providers and others.
Return-to-play decisions that are too strict, too lenient, or too arbitrary can
lead to unhealthy and unsatisfactory outcomes.