One of the goals of sports medicine is to try to get an athlete to return to action as soon as possible. Returning too soon, before adequate healing or recovery, can put a person at risk for recurring injury – one that could mean an even lengthier recovery process.

With the right game plan for sports injuries, from early diagnosis and treatment to full functional rehabilitation, a person can often safely accelerate his/her return to play.

You have probably noticed that professional athletes often rebound relatively quickly from a sports-related injury. Excellent physical condition at the time of the injury, prompt treatment, hard work and a positive attitude all come into play and have a significant impact on an athlete’s ability to quickly reach a full recovery.