Rehabilitation for functional ankle instability

Diane Madras, J. B. Barr

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Objective: The article presents a focused review of the literature surrounding training methods for addressing the proprioceptive loss and subsequent balance problems that result from inversion ankle sprains. Data Sources: The authors searched the MEDLINE and CINAHL databases for the period 1985 through December 2001 using the key words ankle, ankle sprain, and rehabilitation. Study Selection: Any study investigating a rehabilitation or prevention program for the proprioceptive or balance aspects of ankle instability was included. Data Synthesis: Key components of the training regimen used in each study are described, and major findings are summarized. Conclusions: Based on the literature reviewed, there is evidence to suggest that training programs for individuals with ankle instability that include ankle-disk or wobble-board activities help improve single-leg-stance balance and might decrease the likelihood of future sprains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-142
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Sport Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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