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Ankle Sprains: Chain Reaction Rehab

presented by Gary Gray

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If you work in the field of physical therapy or athletic training, you’ve probably seen your fair share of ankle injuries. If you, yourself, live an active life style or participate in sports, you’ve probably experienced the pain of a severe ankle sprain. In this issue of the Functional Video Digest Series, Gary Gray takes an in-depth look at the ankle. This is a practical and enjoyable issue that explains and gives understanding to the ankle and its relationship to the rest of the body. In this edition, the use of the Biomechanical Ankle Platform System (BAPS), among other tools, is explained and utilized in rehabilitation and training. Many injuries to the ankle will often set patients or clients back six weeks. Had they known Gary Gray’s methods at the time, they probably wouldn’t have missed six days!

Meet Your Instructor

  • Gary Gray, PT

    Gary Gray PT is the originator and developer of many nationally acclaimed educational programs, including the “Chain Reaction” series of seminars. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2002 John Maley Award which recognizes an individual for innovation in physical therapy. Referred to as “Father of Function” and the leading pioneer and authority in rehabilitation and training, Gary is a respected physical therapist, trainer, educator, author, coach and successful inventor. He has transformed his functional and biomechanical understanding of the body into the most effective performance-enhancement, injury prevention, and rehabilitative applications. Gary’s passion for education and sharing, along with his innovation and desire, allows him to translate the complexities of human function into simple and effective techniques. Gary’s goal is to enhance the lives of professionals and the lives of those they treat and train.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Ankle Sprains Functional Understanding

    1. Ankle Sprains Functional Understanding

    Appreciate the sagittal plane, frontal plane and transverse plane function of the ankle and subtalar as well as midtarsal joints. Understand the importance of the anterior and posterior mortise ligaments. Identify the twelve multi-joint muscles in the lower leg that send their tendons across at least the ankle and subtalar joints into the foot.

  2. Ankle Sprains Functional Analysis

    2. Ankle Sprains Functional Analysis

    Functionally understand the peroneus longus, traditionally known as an everter, however functionally it is NOT an everted. Identify the importance of restoring internal rotation to the hip, to allow for sufficient ankle and subtalar joint loading. Describe the ankle’s relationship to the shoulder and abdominal muscles. Explain why proprioceptive input needs to come from the entire chain, including the trunk and the opposite lower extremity.

  3. Ankle Sprains Analysis Rehab Debrief

    3. Ankle Sprains Analysis Rehab Debrief

    Understand day one ankle rehabilitation, utilizing the strategy of building upon our functional progressions as long as the patient is safe and successful. Progress to the Tri-StretchTM to facilitate dorsiflexion and eversion by driving with the opposite side leg.

  4. Ankle Sprains Functional Training

    4. Ankle Sprains Functional Training

    Describe the home exercise program based on our clinical exercise program. Explain why ankle dorsiflexion with rotation, along with subtalar joint frontal plane motions are critical motion in the golf swing. Describe how we use the anterior medial and posterior medial balance reach tests to reveal the most significance.