Rehabilitation after Articular Cartilage Repair of the Knee in the Football (Soccer) Player

Hambly, Karen, Silvers, Holly Jacinda, Steinwachs, Matthias (2012) Rehabilitation after Articular Cartilage Repair of the Knee in the Football (Soccer) Player. Cartilage, 3 (1 Supp). 50S-56S. ISSN 1947-6035. E-ISSN 1947-6043. (doi:10.1177/1947603511413569) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

BACKGROUND Participation in football can put both male and female players at an increased risk for knee osteoarthritis. There is a higher prevalence of focal chondral defects in the knee of athletes compared to nonathletes. The management of chondral defects in the football player is complex and multifactorial. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to provide an overview of the current strategies for rehabilitation after articular cartilage repair of the knee in the football player. DESIGN A review of current literature and the scientific evidence for rehabilitation after articular cartilage repair of the knee. CONCLUSIONS Articular cartilage repair has been shown to allow return to sport but rehabilitation timescales are lengthy. Successful rehabilitation for a return to football after articular cartilage repair of the knee requires the player to be able to accept the load of the sport. This necessitates a multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation, especially in the transition from therapy to performance care. It should be recognized that not all players will return to football after articular cartilage repair. The evidence base for rehabilitative practice after articular cartilage repair is increasing but remains sparse in areas.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1947603511413569
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > RM695 Physical therapy
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Karen Hambly
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 15:23 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:54 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57556 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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