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What did I do?
The primary aim of my research was to construct a conceptual framework for on-pitch rehabilitation to help guide practitioners in the Return to Sport (RTS) process following injury in elite football. I then described how the framework was used to support RTS following; a common injury (hamstring strain), a rare injury (traumatic fracture) and a severe injury (anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR)).
Why did I do it?
Injury and re-injury are major problems in elite football.1 Inadequate rehabilitation is a risk factor for re-injury2 and football clubs strive to continually improve rehabilitation and RTS of injured players. The absence of specific frameworks to guide the on-pitch rehabilitation process was a surprising gap in the contemporary sports science literature.
How did I do it? Key elements of the control–chaos continuum
I developed an approach to rehabilitation and RTS over a decade in my roles of applied sports science and rehabilitation in the English Premier League (EPL) (figure 1). I embedded this experience and key elements of the RTS process defined in the literature into a framework for on-pitch rehabilitation. My goal was to progress the athlete from a setting …
Correction notice This article has been corrected since it published Online First. Figure 2 caption has been corrected.
Funding This doctoral study was funded by Everton Football Club.
Competing interests None declared.
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Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.