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The Ankle Sprains online course and accompanying e-book explain who is most susceptible to this common injury, why the injury occurs, and how to best treat the injury so athletes can return to play as quickly as possible with reduced potential for reinjury.
Ankle sprains are the most common injuries sustained during sport participation. Athletic trainers, physical therapists, coaches, and others who work with athletes need to be well versed in assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention methods. The Ankle Sprains online course and accompanying e-book explain who is most susceptible to this common injury, why the injury occurs, and how to best treat the injury so that athletes can return to play quickly and safely with reduced chance of reinjury.
This course was developed by Jay Hertel, a renowned expert in ankle sprains, along with Sheri Hale and Lauren Kramer. They offer a review of the research on the epidemiology and etiology of ankle sprains in physically active populations. Once educated on the mechanisms of acute ankle sprains and chronic ankle instability, course users will progress to assessment protocols, where they will learn to recognize typical signs and symptoms of acute ankle sprains and employ evidence-based procedures for assessing range of motion, strength, ligament integrity, and balance.
After the injury has been properly assessed, the course advances to the treatment and rehabilitation stage. Course users will learn to identify and incorporate appropriate rehabilitation exercises in the correct sequence to develop individualized functional progression programs. Finally, the course reviews prevention strategies using evidence-based principles and compares the efficacy of taping and bracing for prevention of first-time ankle sprains and reinjuries.
Throughout this course, interactive exercises—including case studies—provide real-life practice in selecting appropriate techniques for examining virtual athletes. The case studies build from assessing results to selecting and progressing appropriate treatment strategies so that course users can develop the most effective evidence-based treatment regimens to safely return injured athletes to their sports.
Course Outline Unit 1. Understanding the Injury Unit 2. Assessment Techniques Unit 3. Treatment and Rehabilitation Unit 4. Prevention
Student Text Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Epidemiology and Etiology of Ankle Sprains and Instability
Etiology of Ankle Sprains in Sports
Etiology of LAS
Chapter 2. Assessment of Ankle Sprains and Instability
Patient History and Mechanism
Observation and Palpation
Range of Motion
Stress Testing of Ankle Ligaments and Other Special Tests
Chapter 3. Treatment and Rehabilitation of Ankle Sprains and Instability
General Rehabilitation Guidelines
Managing Acute LAS
Chapter 4. Preventing Ankle Sprains in Athletes
Preventing a First-Time Injury
Taping and Bracing
Appendix A. Special Orthopedic Tests Appendix B. Rehabilitation Exercises for Acute Ankle Sprains
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