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Questions to Ask When Injured Athletes Return to Sport

Developed in partnership with Head Coach at Excelsior Athletic Development Club James Marshall, this infographic depicts the questions that you should consider when an athlete that you coach returns to sport following an injury

Please note that  there is rarely a clear injured/non-injured status. Often, different ‘levels’ of return to sport will be appropriate, depending on the severity of the injury and the sport. Asking these questions, both of yourself and the medical professional with experience of the case, will enable you to clarify exactly what the injured athlete can achieve at each stage of their recovery.

Asking the right questions will also help you develop as a coach. Experience in this area can inform your coaching practice going forward.  

More on: Coaching Injured Athletes

Also in partnership with James Marshall, we have developed tips for subscribers on coaching injured athletes. They include ensuring that they feel involved and modifying activities to enable participation

Read the tips

Related Resources

  • Injured Athletes: Five Ways to Concentrate on What You Can Do

  • Serious Player Injuries: Strategies for Managing Your Reaction

  • Injuries and Stress: How to Help When Players Can’t Play


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