Sensory-Targeted Ankle Rehabilitation Strategies for Chronic Ankle Instability
McKeon PO & Wikstrom EA. Med Sci Sports Exerc. Published Online First: December 10, 2015; DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000859
Take Home Message: Sensory-targeted rehabilitation strategies (STARS) result in improvements in patient-reported and clinical outcomes. Certain deficits may be specifically targeted by different techniques.
Chronic ankle instability (CAI) with recurrent episodes of giving way and functional limitations can cause long-term complications. Sensorimotor deficits may play a significant role in those with CAI. Therefore, the authors of this randomized control study compared the effects of 3 sensory-targeted ankle rehabilitation strategies (STARS; i.e., ankle joint mobilization, plantar massage, or triceps surae stretching) on improvements in clinician- and patient-reported outcomes among individuals with CAI.