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"Biofeedback-based return to sport": individualization through objective assessments

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Title:"Biofeedback-based return to sport": individualization through objective assessments
Creators Name:Ekizos, A. and Santuz, A.
Abstract:Elite athletes are regularly exposed to high and repetitive mechanical stresses and impacts, resulting in high injury rates. The consequences of injury can range from time lost from training and competition to chronic physical and psychological burden, with no guarantee that the athlete will return to preinjury levels of sport activity and performance. Prominent predictors include load management and previous injury, highlighting the importance of the postinjury period for effective return to sport (RTS). Currently, there is conflicting information on how to choose and assess the best reentry strategy. Treating RTS as a continuum, with controlled progression of training load and complexity, seems to provide benefits in this process. Furthermore, objectivity has been identified as a critical factor in improving the effectiveness of RTS. We propose that assessments derived from biomechanical measurements in functional settings can provide the objectivity needed for regular biofeedback cycles. These cycles should aim to identify weaknesses, customize the load, and inform on the status of RTS progress. This approach emphasizes individualization as the primary determinant of RTS and provides a solid foundation for achieving it.
Keywords:Elite Sport, Locomotion, Customization, Biomechanical Measurements, Functional Testing, Biofeedback, Athletics, Neuromuscular Coordination
Source:Frontiers in Physiology
Publisher:Frontiers Media SA
Page Range:1185556
Date:12 June 2023
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2023.1185556
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