Injury and Disability in the Professional AthleteLEACH, ROBERT, E.*; PAUL, G., RICHARD**Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: August 1987 - Volume 221 - Issue - p 68–76 Connective Tissue and Immobilization: PDF Only Free Abstract Author InformationAuthors An injury at work affects the professional athlete more than his nonathlete counterpart because it may portend the end of his playing career. The pertinent issues that concern the injured athlete are initial assessment of the injury, regulations governing treatment and rehabilitation of the injury, criteria for return-to-play status, determination of permanent impairment, and the athlete's rights. Permanent impairment determination procedures and compensation mechanisms are well established in each of the major professional leagues in the United States. From Boston University Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Boston, Massachusetts. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.