2022 Bern Consensus Statement on Shoulder Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Return to Sport for Athletes at All Participation Levels

THE ATHLETE SHOULDER CONSENSUS GROUP

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Abstract

There is an absence of high-quality evidence to support rehabilitation and return-to-sport decisions following shoulder injuries in athletes. The Athlete Shoulder Consensus Group was convened to lead a consensus process that aimed to produce best-practice guidance for clinicians, athletes, and coaches for managing shoulder injuries in sport. We developed the consensus via a 2-round Delphi process (involving more than 40 content and methods experts) and an in-person meeting. This consensus statement provides guidance with respect to load and risk management, supporting athlete shoulder rehabilitation, and decision making during the return-to-sport process. This statement is designed to offer clinicians the flexibility to apply principle-based approaches to managing the return-to-sport process within a variety of sporting backgrounds. The principles and consensus of experts working across multiple sports may provide a template for developing additional sport-specific guidance in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-28
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Consensus statement
  • Rehabilitation
  • Return to sport
  • Shoulder injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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