What's Your TEGNER Activity Score?
How the Tegner Score Can Help Us Design A Personalized Sportsmedicine Treatment and Recovery Program for You
Chances are you haven't heard of the Tegner Score. That's okay....you have now! So let's get past this awkward introduction and talk about how the Tegner Score (AKA The Tegner Activity Level Scale) can hep you make your sportsmedicine treatment better by providing a treatment plan and recovery strategy that is tailored to the lifestyle that you want to live.
WHAT IS THE TEGNER ACTIVITY SCALE?
The Tegner scale is basically a form that lists the "level" of activity that you want to be at. Based on that, we can ascertain what the best treatment plan of action for you is. It's kind of a simple concept, but a bit profound in it's approach-- instead of merely seeking to help you live a pain-free lifestyle, we actually want to help you continue to do the activities that you love to do at a high level. For more on this check out my recent post on Activity Preservation.
Now that we've talked about what the Tegner Score is, let's touch on the different levels.
Competitive sports- soccer, football, rugby (national elite)
Competitive sports- soccer, football, rugby (lower divisions), ice hockey, wrestling, gymnastics, basketball.
Competitive sports- racquetball or bandy, squash or badminton, track and field athletics (jumping, etc.), down-hill skiing
Competitive sports- tennis, running, motorcars speedway, handball Recreational sports- soccer, football, rugby, bandy, ice hockey, basketball, squash, racquetball, running
Recreational sports- tennis and badminton, handball, racquetball, down-hill skiing, jogging at least 5 times per week
Work- heavy labor (construction, etc.) Competitive sports- cycling, cross-country skiing, Recreational sports- jogging on uneven ground at least twice weekly
Work- moderately heavy labor (e.g. truck driving, etc.)
Work- light labor (nursing, etc.)
Work- light labor Walking on uneven ground possible, but impossible to back pack or hike
Work- sedentary (secretarial, etc.) Level 0 Sick leave or disability pension because of knee problems
Now that you know all about the Tegner Activity Scale, here's a video explaining how I use it with my patients.