STRESS FRACTURE RETURN TO SPORT TIMELINES
Stress fracture rehab timelines differ significantly from one individual and one person to the next. Recovery is impacted by a multitude of factors, including:
Site of injury
Grade of injury
Individual bone health
Many other factors we don't yet know or understand
AND the interplay of all of the above
With that said, research on individuals with these injuries has allowed for estimated timelines to be created based on the site of injury. Though we have these estimates, each individual is unique and an optimal rehab program should take into account the above factors as well as the athlete's distinct response to loading progressions on the way back to sport.
Here are general return to sport times for stress fractures of the lower extremity:
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Reference: Tenforde, A. S., & Fredericson, M. (Eds.). (2021). Bone Stress Injuries: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention. Springer Publishing Company.