Return to Performance Program

The Return to Performance program is an innovative and injury-specific program for athletes, of all levels, recovering from an injury or surgery. It is coordinated and collaborative care between the POWER Center’s Return to Performance staff and physical therapy. This program transitions an athlete from completion of physical therapy to fully returning to performance. The Return to Performance program integrates the philosophies of functional rehabilitation with those of sports training. The result is an individualized program which develops dynamic stability and provides for a safe return to performance activities.


  • Provides athletes, of any activity level, with an opportunity to work on functional rehabilitation and sport-specific drills that will prepare them to return to performance level.
  • Returns athletes to their full motor potential. This is accomplished by rehabilitating the injury, re-training for sport-specific skills and providing the necessary tools to maintain general fitness, strength, flexibility and movement.
  • Provides the motivation needed to successfully adhere to rehabilitation protocols and achieve performance goals.
  • Provides education to the athlete on how to prevent injury or re-injury.

Individualized Program

  • Incorporates balance challenges, coordination activities and functional strengthening drills to increase motor development.
  • Athletes learn to control their strength and coordination, while focusing on biomotor tasks including running, cutting, jumping, throwing, etc.
  • Components of impact, change of center of gravity and direction of movement are also introduced in a progressive manner.
  • Based on the individual’s sports-specific needs, the program will focus on agility, plyometrics, speed and strengthening at progressively higher levels of performance intensity and complexity.
  • Athletes are taught how to adapt to a diverse range of movement challenges and skill requirements for the individual’s return to performance.


Once an athlete completes physical therapy and has the approval of their physician, please schedule a consultation with our Return to Performance team. They will work directly with your physical therapist and/or physician.


Return to Performance offers services for sprains, strains, fractures to the knee, ankle, hip, shoulder, elbow and back.

Return to Play Evaluation

The Return to Play Evaluation will assess an athlete’s biomechanics as it relates to running, jumping and cutting to determine an athlete’s readiness to return to sport. It consists of motor skill tests captured by high-speed video cameras. The Return to Performance specialist can objectively quantify an athlete’s level of risk for injury or re-injury by using the markers of hip stability, pelvic stability, hip strategy, trunk stability and shock absorption.

For more information about the Return to Performance program, contact a Sanford POWER Center in your area.

For more information about the Return to Performance program, contact a Sanford POWER Center in your area.

POWER Center

2990 Seter Parkway
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 234-8999

POWER Center
Sioux Falls

2215 W. Pentagon Place
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
(605) 312-7800

POWER Center

3451 N. 14th St. Suite C.
Bismarck, ND 58503
(701) 323-1125