Return to Play and Recurrence After Calf Muscle Strain Injuries in Elite Australian Football Players.
Brady Green, Monica Lin, Jodie A McClelland, Adam I Semciw, Anthony G Schache, Andrew H Rotstein, Jill Cook, Tania Pizzari
Am J Sports Med | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: Calf muscle strain injuries (CMSI) are prevalent in sport, but information about factors associated with time to return to play (RTP) and recurrence is limited. PURPOSE: To determine whether clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data are associated with RTP and recurrence after CMSI. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study; Level of evidence, 3. METHODS: Data of 149 CMSI reported to the Soft Tissue injury Registry of the Australian Football League were explored to evaluate the impact of clinical data and index injury MRI findings on RTP and recurrence. Clinical data included age, previous injury history, ethnicity, and the mechanism of injury. RESULTS: Irrespective of the anatom..View full abstract