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Kyle B. Kosik and Phillip A. Gribble

displaced talus preventing the ankle from achieving an optimal closed-pack position. 5 Joint mobilization is a common therapeutic intervention that has been shown to increase dorsiflexion range of motion. Specific joint mobilization techniques are believed to improve dorsiflexion range of motion by

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M. Spencer Cain, Kyeongtak Song, J. Troy Blackburn, Kimmery Migel, and Erik A. Wikstrom

Key Points ▸ Plantar flexor musculotendinous stiffness does not improve in chronic ankle instability patients following joint mobilization. ▸ Ankle joint mobilizations improve fibularis musculotendinous stiffness in those with chronic ankle instability. ▸ Improved musculotendinous stiffness may

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Erik A. Wikstrom, Sajad Bagherian, Gary Allen, and Kyeongtak Song

measure of neuromuscular control which plays an important role in dynamic joint stability. 2 , 4 Multiple treatment approaches are available for patients with CAI and recent research has highlighted the benefits of manual therapy techniques such as ankle joint mobilizations at improving dorsiflexion

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Alex Brun and Michelle A. Sandrey

within a single plane of motion can still negatively affect function and performance, even in healthy individuals. 1 Joint mobilizations are clinician performed manual therapy techniques during which the clinician passively glides an articulating surface of a joint in purposeful directions within the

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Connor A. Burton, Robert J. Arthur, Matthew J. Rivera, and Cameron J. Powden

associated with CAI can make it difficult for individuals to maintain the same level of prior PA while also having apprehension of reinjury, resulting in these altered perceptions of function and quality of life. Joint mobilizations are a common intervention for those with CAI and have demonstrated

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Abbis Jaffri, John J. Fraser, Rachel M. Koldenhoven, and Jay Hertel

disinhibition and pain modulation) fostered by joint mobilization may be advantageous during treatment of this clinical population. 2 , 6 MT interventions, including joint mobilization, are recommended for inclusion in care to augment supervised or unsupervised exercise plans. 6 While there is evidence for

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Erik A. Wikstrom, Sajad Bagherian, Nicole B. Cordero, and Kyeongtak Song

approaches are available for treating those with CAI. 5 Recent research has highlighted the benefits of manual therapy techniques such as ankle joint mobilizations at improving a number of clinician-oriented outcomes such as dorsiflexion range of motion and postural control. 6 – 9 However, the effects of

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Brent C. Mangus, Laura A. Hoffman, Mark A. Hoffman, and Peter Altenburger


Knowledge and understanding of the principles and applications of joint-mobilization techniques are becoming commonplace for entry-level certified athletic trainers.

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Various textbooks written on this topic.

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The authors collected information from commonly used textbooks on joint mobilization in both athletic training and physical therapy curriculums.


Undoubtedly, before using joint mobilization, the clinician should demonstrate mastery-level understanding of joint biomechanics, application principles, and indications and contra-indications. This article provides basic information on the principles of joint mobilization.

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Ufuk Ersoy, Umut Ziya Kocak, Ezgi Unuvar, and Bayram Unver

hypothesed that activating joint receptors of ankle joint through mobilization might result in an increase in the dorsiflexor muscles due to the AKR mechanism. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the acute effect of talocrural joint mobilization on ankle dorsiflexor muscle strength in healthy

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Lauren E. Schroeder, Rachel L. Tatarski, and Joshua T. Weinhandl

throughout the literature. 16 , 22 – 26 Additionally, DROM can be increased with relative ease using multiple interventions. Two such interventions are plantar flexor static stretching 27 and passive talocrural joint mobilizations. 28 While both static stretching 29 – 31 and joint mobilization 22 , 32