— Daphne R Scott (@DaphneScott)
Although the majority of participants shared their perspective on the clinical relevance of performance measures, not all team members involved in the treatment of athletes may appreciate the value of performance testing. Apparently German arthroscopic surgeons do not focus their attention on knowing how athletes are performing.
Functional performance tests are frequently used after anterior cruciate ligament repairs. The majority of tests were designed for return to sport. Apparently though, the tests still require a bit more research with regard to predictive validity.
An interesting performance test for readiness for return to sport is the Vail Sport Test. A nice aspect of this test is the detailed observations. With applications like Ubersense and Coach’s Eye, clinicians have a bit more easier ability to capture movements for detailed analysis.
No one brought up another aspect with readiness for return to sport - the concept of prevention. After injury, athletes often require rehabilitation. The end point of rehabilitation is return to sport. Clinicians will progress to sport specific activities and use performance measures to help determine readiness for return to sport. Is something missing if injury prevention is not also concurrently considered?
Stay tuned for Part 4 when we share as much as we can on performance tests for the upper extremity.
Until next time…