Table 2

Return to fighting protocol

Phase 1: return to general fitness
Step 1Light aerobic activityStationary bikingĀ and elliptical, incline walking: gradually escalating heart rate and monitoring through perceived exertion and/or HRM.
Step 2Moderate aerobic activityJogging, swimming: escalating heart rate to moderate and high-demand activity through HRM or perceived exertion; assess high-level vestibular functioning.
Step 3Sport-specific activitySprinting, mitts, bag/footwork, walk-through grappling and so on; increasing duration; no partner work. Begin resistance training.