Return to Play:

Making the Tough Decisions

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Margot Putukian, MD

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Physician and Sportsmedicine:

Volume 26 No. 9



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DOI: 10.3810/psm.1998.09.1125
Abstract: When can I play again?" is a question familiar to sports medicine physicians and increasingly to primary care physicians who treat active people, from the third-grade soccer player to the 70-year-old tennis enthusiast. Those who ask this question are often seeking a definitive answer–and usually hoping for a quick return to boot. Unfortunately, medicine is not always a craft practiced in black and white but is often an art with a palette in several shades of gray.