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Return to Sport Following Surgery for a Complicated Tibia and Fibula Fracture in a Collegiate Women’s Soccer Player with a Low Level of Kinesiophobia.

Authors:  Feigenbaum LA, Baraga M, Roach KE, Calpino KM, Dorsey K, Martorelli C, Sagarduy B, King L, Scavo VA

Much attention has been solely paid to physical outcome measures for return to sport after injury in the past. However, current research shows that the psychological component of these injuries can be more predictive of return to sport than physical outcome measures. The purpose of this case report is to describe the successful return to sport following surgery of a complicated tibia and fibula fracture of a Division I collegiate women’s soccer player with a low level of kinesiophobia. The rehabilitation of the subject in this case was complex due to her low levels of kinesiophobia, self-guided overtraining, and the potential role they may have had in her fibular nonunion fracture.  This case study demonstrates a successful outcome despite a unique injury presentation, multiple surgeries, and low levels of kinesiophobia. While a low level of kinesiophobia can be detrimental to rehabilitation compliance, it may have benefited her in the long-term.

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