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Knowing When Athlete Psychologically Ready To Return To Play

In determining when an athlete is ready psychologically ready to return to play, communication between the athlete and the athletic training staff, coaches, parents is critical, says Eric Laudano, M.H.S., ATC, head athletic trainer at the University of Pennsylvania.  Athletes need to be honest with themselves. It is okay, Laudano says, for an athlete to admit that he just doesn't feel quite ready to come back. Input from a sports psychologist can be helpful in making the return to play decision at any level of sport.

 

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