REVIEW ARTICLE: Wheelchair Basketball- Assessment of athletes with shoulder pain - DR.TANZILA POTIA

The goal of the injury rehabilitation program must not only focus on regaining previous levels of physical performance and being injury free, but also consider the psychological, medical and physiological criteria for return to play (Brewer and Cornelius 2003). Athletic Profiling performed by members of the multidisciplinary team provides definite criteria for returning to sports, identifies injury components, increases efficiency of training and compares athlete's physical status within the wheelchair basketball team (Gatt 2011). Physiotherapist’s assessment of the athlete contributes to injury prevention by managing relevant risk factors like muscle imbalance, posture, skills and training parameters.

While the Physician allows the athlete to resume basketball based on injury reduction confirmed by ultrasound scans and medical assessment, the physiotherapist's criteria consists of having full and pain free range of motion for 4 weeks measured on the VAS and Goniometer, negative physical tests and Isokinetic testing revealing 80-90% of normal muscle strength (Kelly et al. 2010). In addition, the Wheelchair Users Shoulder Pain Index (WUSPI) measuring changes in pain while performing functional ADL’s is used based on its high reliability, responsiveness and validity

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