Youth sports participation is on the rise, resulting in an increase in sports-related injuries in the pediatric and adolescent population. The presentation of injury, pathology, and disease in this younger population is often unique and may require customize and novel medical and rehabilitation interventions to optimize the outcome. The purpose of this review is to highlight unique considerations in the rehabilitation management of the pediatric and adolescent athlete. General guidelines for progression of this population through a criteria-based rehabilitation program with a focus on a systematic return to sport algorithm will be reviewed.
Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Reprints: Mark V. Paterno, PT, PhD, MBA, SCS, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Ave MLS 10001, Cincinnati, OH 45229.