Return to play is the last dot point for How is injury rehabilitation managed? and our last dot point for Sports Medicine. This is a very large dot point, covering lots of content and requiring critical thinking as you examine and evaluate various aspects.
It requires you to understand the indicators used by rehabilitation professions to determine if the athlete is ready to return to competition. You are required to understand how injury affects the athlete psychologically, which can be detrimental to performance and wellbeing if not addressed. You need to understand specific sports policies and procedures for returning to competition, as well as consider the ethical use of painkillers and other drugs related to rehabilitation.
With this information you are required to evaluate tests that could be used to determine an athletes readiness to return to competition. And you must critically examine the policies and procedures around an athlete’s return to competition and be able to present answers to the questions above.
Students learn about:
- return to play
Students learn to:
- research and evaluate skill and other physical tests that could be used to indicate readiness to return to play
- critically examine policies and procedures that regulate the timing of return to play, considering questions such as:
Past HSC PDHPE exam questions
2013 Question 31
(a) How are skill and physical tests used to indicate an athlete’s readiness to return to play after injury? 8 Marks