Q&A with the SA Editors: Aug. 31, 1999
Please explain the "fitness test" that is sometimes referred to on telecasts (particularly from European leagues). Is it only for recently injured players? Is there a standard test? How about specific tests for certain injuries?
Scott French: "Fitness test" is just a phrase for "medical exam"; basically, it's when the team doctor or trainer checks an injured or ill player to see if they've healed enough to play. If a player had a sprained ankle, for instance, they would test its flexibility, how well the player can run and cut, whether there's any lingering pain, things like that.
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