Basic Principles in Sports Medicine (IV) Restoration of Muscle Strength
Tunc Alp KALYON, Sukru GUNDUZ
Rehabilitation of the athlete with an injury deals primarily with restoration of muscle function. Rehabilitative exercises are defined as bodily movements prescribed to restore or alter favorably specific functions in an individial following an injury. Strength gains in muscles can be achieved through a combination of isometric, concentric, eccentric, and isokinetic exercises. In additon, some alternative procedures can be used as an adjuct such as pliometric exercises, electrical muscle stimulation, hydrotherapy and streching exercises. In conditioning for athletic activities, and in rehabilitation following injuries, the ultimate goal must be complete normal function to the greatest possible degree in a specific manner.