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Development of a physical performance assessment checklist for athletes who sustained a lower extremity injury in preparation for return to sport: a Delphi study.

Authors:  Haines S, Baker T, Donaldson M

The purpose of this study was to develop consensus on the critical constructs necessary for inclusion in a physical performance assessment checklist (PPAC) that could be used to assess an athlete’s readiness to return to sport following a lower extremity injury.  The study used 3-rounds of Delphi methodology to finalize the PPAC originally developed by a panel of experts.  Throughout the 3-rounds, 10 initial constructs were modified and revised to produce the finalized PPAC consisting of 12 constructs necessary to consider an athlete’s readiness to return to sport after a lower extremity injury.  This instrument can be used as a checklist to advocate for prospective batteries of physical performance tests that incorporate the elements identified by this study.

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