"Meniscal injuries in athletes present a challenging problem. Surgeons must balance the needs of the healing meniscus with the desire of the athlete to return to play as quickly as possible. Evidence-based rehabilitation protocols are important for ensuring a successful meniscal repair and preventing athletes from returning to play prematurely. Ultimately, however, the return to play determination requires a shared decision-making approach between the physician, the athlete, and the providers involved in the athlete's rehabilitation process. This decision considers not only the athlete's ability to meet return-to-play criteria but also their season-specific and career goals."
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