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Can exercise benefit acute ankle sprains?

Ankle sprains are a very common injury, particularly among athletes and soldiers. Conventional treatment following acute ankle sprains usually consists of ice, immobilization, and a simple home exercise program. Dutch researchers performed a systematic review of the literature to determine if studies support the use of additional supervised exercises in patients with acute lateral ankle […]

Simple balance training program reduces ankle injuries in basketball players

Balance training programs with foam pads and balance boards have been shown to reduce lower extremity injuries in athletes in several studies. Basketball players are particularly prone to ankle sprains. Researchers in Germany investigated 198 recreational basketball players in a randomized controlled trial using a multi-station proprioceptive exercise program. They published their results in Medicine […]

Balance Training Reduces Sports Injuries

Balance training using wobble boards and foam balance pads has been shown to reduce lower extremity injuries (Olsen et al. 2005, Myklebust et al. 2003) and improve balance in athletes (Bernier et al. 1998, Gauffin et al. 1988). This neuromuscular training is thought to improve proprioception, thereby reducing risk of injury. Hungarian researchers investigated the […]

Wobble board exercises can reduce ankle injuries in handball players

Neuromuscular training has long been performed in Europe as part of sports training and injury prevention. Neuromuscular training involves progressive balance training using unstable surfaces such as Thera-Band® Stability Trainers, Stability Discs, and Balance Boards. Several studies have reported that proprioceptive exercises and training reduce injuries in athletes. Researchers in Hungary evaluated the effects of […]

Balance exercises for chronic ankle sprains effective

Chronic ankle sprains have been attributed to poor sensorimotor control, resulting in “functional ankle instability.” First described in the 1960’s by Freeman and Wyke, functional ankle instability has been postulated to result from a lack of proprioceptive information from the ankle due to “deafferentation.” Functional ankle instability is associated with chronic ankle sprains; patients with […]

Another review supports proprioceptive training to prevent sports injuries

It’s been documented in several studies that neuromuscular and proprioceptive exercises using unstable surfaces such as Thera-Band® Stability Trainers can reduce sports injuries. For example, Blue Thera-Band Stability Trainers were shown to reduce ankle injuries by 77% in football players at risk for ankle sprains (McHugh et al. 2007). More recently, a systematic review published […]

Functional rehabilitation of chronic ankle instability effective

It’s been reported that athletes suffering an ankle sprains re-injure their ankle 70% to 80% of the time. This leads to chronic ankle instability or ‘functional ankle instability’. Rehabilitation for chronic ankle sprains often includes functional exercises including dynamic closed-chain activities. Thera-Band® products such as elastic resistance bands, stability trainers and balance boards are used […]

Thera-Band exercises effective for acute ankle sprains

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in sports. Rehabilitation exercise after ankle sprains include active and resisted exercises, often performed with a Thera-Band® elastic band. Reduced ankle dorsiflexion range of motion (ROM) is considered to be a sign of significant injury and can affect gait and function. Researchers at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, […]

Balance Training Reduces Ankle Re-Injury

Approximately 23,000 ankle sprains occur daily in the United States, and about one half require some form of medical treatment. Research has shown that athletes are twice as likely to re-injure their ankle within one year. According to a study in the British Medical Journal, athletes with ankle sprains who receive additional proprioceptive training after […]