n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Ethical issues in return-to-sport decisions : commentary

Volume 23, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



The complexities of return-to-sport decisions are not unfamiliar to healthcare professionals working with elite and recreational athletes. Medical advances and effective rehabilitation protocols have increased the potential for returning athletes to competition more quickly. However, these advances cannot keep up with the increasing expectations for athletes to perform at continually higher levels. These expectations are compounded by both the large financial rewards apportioned to most professional athletes; and increasing media attention, which creates additional social pressure.

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