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Spectrum: Rehabilitation of Athletic Movement for Return to Sport

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(608) 263-4765



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Two patients working with a trainer on their coordination with therapy balls during a rehabilitation sessionThe UW Health Sports Medicine Center offers Spectrum, a lower-extremity, group rehabilitation program that combines philosophies of sports training and functional rehabilitation.


About Our Program


The Spectrum program is designed to provide athletes functional strength and sport-specific drills to return to sport activities. These classes are led by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who specialize in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and lower-extremity rehabilitation.


Our classes:

  • Focus on teaching and retraining movements required for sport skills
  • Provide tools to maintain general fitness, strength, flexibility, movement and sports skill
  • Develop the ability to respond to unanticipated movements and overcome fatigue, which is crucial for injury prevention and returning to sports after injury
  • Provide the psychological support of a group of people who have suffered and returned from similar injuries

Who is Spectrum For?


The class is primarily designed for patients who have had ACL reconstruction but is beneficial for all lower-extremity injuries.


How can I join Spectrum?

  1. Request a Spectrum Evaluation. This evaluation will help identify which Spectrum phase (see descriptions below) is right for you.
  2. Register for a Spectrum session.



Woman working with physical therapist on coordination during a rehabilitation sessionThe Spectrum program includes three progressive phases:

  • Phase I: Return to Basic Fundamental Movement (Basic). The key to bridging the gap between rehabilitation and sports is to return to basic movement skills, including postural awareness exercises, balance activities, proprioceptive challenges, coordination activities and basic functional strengthening drills.

  • Phase II: Restore Biomotor Patterns (Intermediate). As athletes relearn to control their strength and coordination, they need to apply coordination to running, jumping, hopping, skipping, leaping and catching before advanced athletic movements can be achieved. Activities in Phase II add components of speed, impact, and change of center-of-gravity, and combine more than one movement and more than one direction or plane of movement. They also continue to work to rebuild their strength.

  • Patients working with a trainer during a rehabilitation session with mini-hurdlesPhase III: Retrain and Recondition to Return to Sports (Advanced). In Phase lll, rehabilitation is specialized to individual sports and trains in agility, plyometrics, speed, strength and power exercises. After completion of Phase lll, athletes are prepared to resume full sports participation at pre-injury level or beyond.

    Register for Spectrum Phase 3 at The American Center