Monday, September 12, 2011


A record of some resources on balance / proprioception to which  I am referring  elsewhere.

Below-knee cast or aircast best for faster recovery from severe ankle sprain

Acute ankle sprain accounts for between 3% and 5% of all UK emergency department attendances: around 1-1.5 million per year. 

Ankle Sprains: An Uphill Battle

Interestingly, what makes a runner more likely to experience another sprain after the initial injury isn’t so much weakness, but a sensory issue. “After someone has suffered an ankle sprain, not only is the ligament structurally injured, the sensory receptors in the ligament are also damaged,” says Dr. Hertel. Those receptors are responsible for proprioception, which is a function of the nervous system that helps a runner sense where the foot is in relation to the ground.
The Effectiveness of a Balance Training Intervention in Reducing the Incidence of Noncontact Ankle Sprains in High School Football Players

Conclusion: The increased risk of a noncontact inversion ankle sprain associated with a high body mass index and a previous ankle sprain was eliminated by the balance training intervention.
How to Fix Bad Ankles

When you damage the ligament, “you damage the neuro-receptors as well. Your brain no longer receives reliable signals” from the ankle about how your ankle and foot are positioned in relation to the ground. Your proprioception — your sense of your body’s position in space — is impaired. You’re less stable and more prone to falling over and re-injuring yourself.

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