Return to Sport Screen

Return to sport Screen
When athletes are recovering from an injury, there will always come a point in their rehabilitation program where they ask themselves, "Can I return to my sport now?" Traditional Physical Therapy tests that test strength, flexibility and range of motion sometimes isn't enough to determine whether an athlete is rehabilitated enough to start sport-specific training. The athlete's body needs to be pushed into performing drills and holding positions that tax the body as a whole, and only then can we determine whether they can hold up to the demands of the task, and whether the athlete is at risk for more injury.

What are the tests?

Stride Strong's Functional Movement Screens test Range of Motion, Strength, Stability and Balance as a whole body system.
The tests comprise of:
  • Deep Squat Test
  • Hurdle Step
  • Incline Lunge
  • Shoulder Mobility
  • Impingement Clearing Test
  • Active Straight-Leg Raise
  • Trunk Stability Pushup
  • Press-up Clearing Test
  • Rotary Stability
  • Posterior Rocking Clearing Test
  • Y-Balance Test for asymmetry
  • Long jump test
  • Single leg hop test
squat with FMS Guidance

Each test has a series of criteria we are specifically looking for. (The photo above illustrates the things we are watching for.) Deficits are measured into a calculated risk of injury should the athlete return to their sport. These deficits also give us physical therapists a hint as to what is lacking - be it core strength, shoulder and torso flexibility, or hip mobility. We then in turn address these deficits by giving the athlete targeted exercises and/or physical therapy to improve their functional results.

Additional sports specific tests may be added to the Functional Movement Screen according to the athlete's sport and team position.

What if I fail some tests, what do they mean?

Scoring low on a particular test usually means a deficit of strength or range. The athlete's sport, of course, needs to be taken into account - of course demands of playing golf would be different than playing football. Both require a varying level of agility and strength, but our physical therapists can guide and judge which physical components would be vital for the athlete's sport.

The Y-balance test, in particular, has strong research to link limb asymmetries in range and strength of greater than 4cm of excursion in the test predictive of risk of injury across multiple sports. This injury risk-profile can be further fine-tuned to normalize for gender and sport.

Cost and How to Schedule

The test from start to finish is 60 minutes long. Cost for the testing is $100 each session. This cost can be billed to the patient's health insurance if the athlete is a Stride Strong patient.

Return to Sport Screen is offered by Ben Nelson MPT and Dr Katie Finn DPT of the Cedar Mill clinic. Call (503) 208-6278 or email the therapists above.

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Ana Lucia Pinheiro
Ana Lucia Pinheiro
02:18 20 Oct 17
This place is amazing. I am so happy I found Stride Strong PT. Alice pays attention to all of the details, she watches every single move I make, my posture, and the way I move through every exercise. She is very knowledgeable, she was able to pin-point the problems in my back and she has a plan to help me become stronger where I need. The place is brand new, huge, and has nice exercise machines. I tried a few physical therapists in the area, and Alice is TOP, second to none, and I feel super lucky to have found her. Highly recommended!!
Prashant Gupta
Prashant Gupta
01:00 02 Oct 17
Dr. Alice at Stride Strong is one of the best PTs I have come across. Her attention to detail and assessment of the root cause of injury is very good. She is excellent in evaluating pain patterns and giving a training schedule for a rehab & injury prevention, she is extremely knowledgeable. I would strongly recommend Stride Strong to anyone looking for PT. It is easily the best PT clinics in Hillsboro area.
steven zollin
steven zollin
20:57 14 Sep 17
Highly recommend Stride Strong Physical Therapy , Alice showed me proper form to assist in recovery with my shoulder and is very knowledgeable.
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