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When can a child return to playing sports after orthopedic surgery?

When children can resume playing sports after orthopedic surgery depends on the type of injury. Physical therapy plays a huge role in recovery.

Return to play following orthopedic surgery for a child is completely based on the type and location of the surgery, as well as the sport being played. It is therefore important to discuss the time frame with the child's surgeon. It is often common practice for a child to start to return to play or practice at a lower threshold of speed, power, etc., in order to build strength and agility prior to returning to competitive play.

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