Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy)
Session and Year of Graduation
Laura Frey Law
Background: Acute Achilles tendon rupture is an injury that most commonly occurs in the male athletic population. The incidence of Achilles ruptures appears to be increasing globally while the ability to rehabilitate to prior level of function following rupture remains difficult despite surgical and therapeutic advances. While standardized return to sport tests are growing and improving, their validity remains in question. Purpose: The purpose of this case study is to investigate the utility of movement screens to assist in the decision to clear an athlete to return to competitive soccer following an Achilles tendon repair. Case Description: The patient was a 23-year-old male soccer player who ruptured his left Achilles tendon when starting a sprint during a game. The patient worked with physical therapy for over 5 months with the goal of returning to running and eventually playing soccer. Outcome Assessments: The return to sport tests that were utilized are as follows: AlterG Return to Running Testing, Lower Quarter Y-Balance Test (LQYBT), Ankle Hop Testing. Discussion: This case report describes the clinical application of numerous movement tests to guide the decision to allow an athlete to safely return to running and sport activity without putting them at risk for reinjury.
Athlete; sports medicine; return to sport; Achilles tendon; ankle; orthopedics; physical therapy; rehabilitation
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