The numbers of participants in sports and physical activity have been increasing as the importance of exercise are being emphasized for a better health and disease prevention. It seems apparent that the numbers of injuries among those who are participating in sports and physical activity on a regular basis are mounting. As expected, the increased numbers of sports injury are associated with the numbers of people who undergo clinical treatment and rehabilitation. This influx to sports rehabilitation market demands a quality assurance and expertise for the services provided by allied health professionals. Traditionally the baseline assessment for the entry and the criteria for the discharge in sports rehabilitation settings have not been well established nor standardized. In order to effectively help and progress athletes and patients to the next phase, reliable outcome variables, which can be utilized to determine the degree of improvement should be established. Some of the limitations in the so called ‘already in use assessment protocols’ have been criticized for an irrelevancy to functional movement and specific demands in performance. One of the examples for ‘already in use assessment’ is an isokinetic assessment, which provides objective outcomes for mainly muscle function. These outcomes are definitely valuable in evaluating overall muscle and joint functions, however, the data seem limited and irrelevant in terms of assessing the more details such as discrepancy in contraction speed, the rate of force development, the eccentric force development throughout the range of motion both in the involved and non-involved limb. These functional variables might provide better insights to allied health professionals with regard to not only the level of intensity, frequency, and volume but also types of modes, which could be applied to program design and decision making for return to sports.
Dr. Hong is the Dean of Graduate School in Sports Medicine at CHA Medical Science University. He received his Ph.D in Exercise Science (Motor Control based Athletic Training) from Oregon State University and worked as Assistant Professor in Exercise Science at Willamette University from 2008 to 2013. While working at Willamette University, he published about 20 manuscripts related to sports rehabilitation and strength training and conditioning. He moved to Kookmin University in 2013 and finally arrived at CHA Medical Science University to direct Sports Medicine Graduate Program. Dr. Hong is currently conducting various research projects funded by Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, corporates and other private sectors. His primary research interest is to examine neuromuscualr mechanisms of sports injury and to investigate whether sports injuries could be prevented with various types of sports performance training.