Progressing On-Court Rehabilitation After Injury: The Control-Chaos Continuum Adapted to Basketball

Review written by Dr. Adam Loiacono info

Key Points

  1. The return to play process is a balance of progressive constraints within sport that coincide with the requisite physical attributes needed to execute those activities.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Return to sport following injury is a complex process and should be viewed on a continuum, aligning an athlete’s recovery and rehabilitation. This clinical commentary discusses the dynamic and complex process of returning an athlete from injury to full participation in the sport of basketball. The article highlights the many moving parts that are integrated within sport and effectively demonstrates how to manage all requisite parts within the complex systems and chaos of basketball.

The objective of the article is to provide an all-encompassing process that considers all key stakeholders involved in the return to play process.

Return to sport following injury is a complex process and should be viewed on a continuum, aligning an athlete’s recovery and rehabilitation.
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The Control-Chaos Continuum model creates a framework to help guide any profession through the return to play process.

METHODS

The authors created a working model titled the Control-Chaos Continuum. The Continuum highlights a progressive model of High Control, Low Chaos to Low Control, High Chaos. Control is defined as the volume of constraints and limitations as defined by the

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