Residual Impairments and Activity Limitations at Return to Play from a Lateral Ankle Sprain

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  • 1 Old Dominion University
  • 2 University of Kentucky
  • 3 Ritsumeikan University
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Considering the high recurrent injury rates, athletes may receive clearance for return to play (RTP) from a lateral ankle sprain (LAS) before impairments and activity limitations are resolved. The purpose of this study was to examine residual structural and functional impairments and activity limitations at RTP in athletes with a LAS. We found that athletes demonstrated increased ankle ligamentous laxity and reduced self-reported function, dorsiflexion range of motion, and dynamic postural control at RTP. Athletes with a LAS likely require more extensive care to resolve impairments and activity limitation before RTP.

Ryan McCann is with the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Kyle Kosik and Phillip Gribble are with the Department of Rehabilitation Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Masafumi Terada is with the College of Sport and Health Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. Matthew Hoch, PhD, ATC, University of Kentucky, is the report editor for this article.

Address author correspondence to Ryan McCann at rmccann@odu.edu.
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