Return To Sport

Return to Sport Training/Evaluation

O2fitness return to sport training programs, as well as evaluation are based largely on a six month fellowship with Dr. Chris Powers* at his USC-affiliated Movement Performance Institute** as well as her mentorship at Athletes’ Performance.

Return to Sport Training
Return to sport training is typically performed following the conclusion of formal physical therapy rehabilitation. This training helps you gain the necessary conditioning (activation, strength, movement re-education) to bridge the gap  from where physical therapy ends to where you functionally need to be to return safely and successfully to sport. The goal of the training is to ensure that you are prepared for the demands of athletic competition and to minimize the risk of re-injury.

Training is one-on-one and focuses on improving muscle activation, strength, power, speed, agility as well as minimizing biomechanical risk factors related to injury. Video analysis is employed to capture movements frame by frame and ensure the proper foundation of movement is developed. The training program implements the latest advances (based on updated MPI research and in-lab testing) in muscular activation, strength and movement re-education.

Return to Sport Evaluation
The Return to Sport Evaluation developed at the Movement Performance Institute is designed to assess the biomechanical readiness of an individual to return to competitive or recreational sport participation following injury or surgery (ie. ACL reconstruction). You will be taken through a series of tests to assess balance, running symmetry, and muscle strength. Dartfish video analysis is employed to analyze sport-specific movement demands, including jumping, cutting, and lateral movements. The movement analysis score is used to develop an individualized return to sport training program.

Daily Training Plans
In order to provide the most comprehensive approach – it is recommended you consider contracting for a daily training plan posted on the web-based coaching platform TrainingPeaks. This plan is developed on a weekly basis to systematically orchestrate key return to sport elements, optimizing time and ensuring results.

*Christopher M. Powers, PhD, PT, FACSM, FAPTA
Dr. Powers is the founder and owner of the Movement Performance Institute in Los Angeles. In addition, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, and Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Southern California. Dr. Powers is recognized nationally and internationally for his research related to the biomechanical causes of lower extremity injury. More specifically, he is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on knee injuries; in particular patellofemoral joint dysfunction and tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

**Movement Performance Institute (MPI)
The basic philosophy behind MPI is human health and quality of life depends on the ability to move skillfully and efficiently. It is believed, movement dysfunction is the root cause of many overuse and sport related injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Through objective measurements of motion, forces/pressures, muscle activation patterns and muscle performance, more effective intervention strategies can be designed and better long-term results achieved.