During rehabilitation from a sports injury, the return of a limb to full mobility by carefully applied pressure to a joint or muscle so that it will move through its normal range of movement. Mobilization maintains and then improves muscle tone, reduces joint stiffness, and strengthens ligaments and tendons. It is a graded process, starting gently with passive mobility exercises when injuries are in the acute and painful phase, and becoming more forceful with both passive and active mobility exercises during the recovery phase. Mobility exercises should be designed to restore full mobility by strengthening and stretching muscles. See also aggressive rehabilitation.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.