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ATSU Continuing Education

august, 2019

Optimizing Lateral Ankle Sprain RehabilitationEBP Home Study Course


Event Details

Please be advised that all continuing education courses offered through the AT-PBRN will close on December 17, 2021 at 8pm ET. If you are interested in completing a course for the 20-21 BOC reporting cycle, please be sure to do so before this date. Additionally, the AT-PBRN team will be unavailable to assist with CEU certificate issues from December 17, 2021 through January 10, 2022. Any and all requests and issues will be resolved when we return on Monday, January 10, 2022. To submit a request regarding a missing CEU certificate, please click here: AT-PBRN CEU Certificate Request


Lateral ankle sprains (LAS) are the most common injuries associated with physical activity and athletic participation. Up to 70% of individuals who sustain a single LAS will eventually develop chronic ankle instability (CAI), which has been associated with long-term consequences such as decreased health-related quality of life and decreased physical activity. To help mitigate consequences related to CAI, recent studies have investigated different approaches in managing patients who suffer a LAS, including the use of patient-reported outcome measures, clinician-reported outcome measures, and various treatment approaches. Although LAS present a major challenge for health care providers, particularly athletic trainers, little is known about the overall effectiveness of current treatment strategies for LAS. Thus, there is a pressing need to identify effective treatment strategies that will optimize patient outcomes and reduce re-injury risk.

While treatments should be individualized, balance training has been shown to be an effective strategy to improve postural control and reduce recurrent LAS risk, and should be a part of every LAS rehabilitation protocol. ATs should use a combination of patient-reported outcome measures and clinician-rated outcome measures to guide the treatment and management of LAS and to improve patient outcomes, reduce the risk of LAS re-injury, and prevent the onset of CAI.


The specific objectives for this course include the development of the participant’s ability to:

  1. Discuss the progression of an acute lateral ankle sprain to chronic ankle instability
  2. Describe the evidence regarding the treatment of lateral ankle sprain injuries
  3. Identify patient-reported outcome measures and clinician-rated outcome measures appropriate for lateral ankle sprain rehabilitation

According to the education levels described by the PDC, this continuing education course is considered to be Advanced Level, and is appropriate for all athletic trainers.


(0.75 EBP CEUs – FREE)

Course Instructor:
Ashley Marshall, PhD, ATC
(this instructor reports no financial or non-financial disclosures)


Year Around Event (2019)


Online course


Continuing Education - Athletic TrainingCailee Bacon Email: OR Kaylynn Murphy Email:

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