Return to Perform: Student-Athlete Assessments and Guidelines for Safe Return Back to Sports during the Period of COVID-19

by Sam Zanders Jr and Bridget Ann Frugoli Melton, EdD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
NSCA Coach November 2021
Vol 8, Issue 3

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The purpose of this article is to strongly suggest and offer a pragmatic and stepwise approach that takes into account the ideas and concepts of shared decision making that allows for the “best practices,” pre-participation screenings, evaluations, and stratification flow charts for safe and effective return to play for athletes.

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This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »

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