Here’s the deal. We need intel to help us decide if the athlete can return to the competition. Rest, 10 point pain scales, “how are you feeling?” and max effort with no sub-max testing is a poor way to make a decision for your athlete’s health and recovery.
The athletic trainer (in conjunction with coaches) is best suited to assess the athlete’s day to day recovery and return to play and practice. They can be an active part and watch in real time in real conditions. A doctor in an office, cannot.