As an important link between rehab training and the return to team training, sports-specific rehab training is an important part of optimal support for athletes. During the first phases of rehabilitation of an injured athlete, deficits in strength, coordination and stability are addressed in medical training therapy. Afterwards, however, it is important to introduce the athlete to the specific requirements and stresses of the sport.
In the course of this training, all possible movement patterns of the target sport are first worked out step by step without the sports equipment (football, basketball, tennis racket etc.). Forwards, sideways, backwards, multi-directional, sequences of movements, jumps, endurance etc.. These sequences can be re-learned in a general running, jumping or simple coordinative, predetermined sequences. For this purpose, the use of different training aids is recommended, i.e. coordination ladders, hats, poles etc. to make the coordinative training varied and challenging.
The most important stress parameter here is intensity. The intensity is rather low to moderate in the beginning. It is important to get the formerly injured structures (e.g. ligaments, muscles, tendons…) used to dynamic movement sequences again.