When is it safe to return to sports after a Labral Repair surgery?

The labrum in the shoulder is a cartilage “ring” that is circumferentially attached to the periphery of the glenoid, or shoulder socket.  Tears of the labrum occur in different areas depending on the injury and diagnosis.  A return to sports after a labral repair is dependent on the sport or position, the potential for reinjury, the location of the repair, and the patient’s ability to achieve functional milestones in terms of motion and strength.  For contact and throwing athletes, it is common to return to sports at 6 months postoperatively.