Weโ€™ve all been there before, rehab is going really well for your patient and every session builds off the previous, youโ€™re happy and your patient is happy! You find yourself progressing every single movement and increasing the challenge because your rationale is the patient is getting better so why not push the limits? Next thing you know reality checks in and your patient has experienced a setback with increased pain, decreased load tolerance, and reports of stiffness with greater ranges of motion.โ€œI think we overdid it docโ€ฆI guess my ankle isnโ€™t ready stillโ€ What went wrong?! How are you even supposed to know that could happen? Was it the exercise, was it too much too soon, what did my patient do that theyโ€™re not telling me!? Let's take you through a systematic approach for lateral ankle sprain rehab.

Soccer is the worldโ€™s most popular sport and demonstrates continued growth in the United States each year. Over 13 million Americans play soccer, and according to US Youth Soccer, there are over 3 million youth soccer players registered in the United States today. Although there are benefits to playing soccer such as improved cardiovascular health, strength, and self-esteem, there are also some inherent risks involved. One study found that there were over 2.4 million soccer-related injuries leading to an Emergency Room visit between the years 2000 and 2012. Another study showed that soccer is the high school sport with the highest risk of injury for female athletes (1-3). In this article, we will highlight the most common injuries seen in soccer and teach you research-based soccer prehab exercises to help prevent these injuries!

This article will cover lateral ankle sprain advanced exercises & techniques. We have written a previous ankle [P]Rehab article on how to [P]Rehab your ankles and initially manage a lateral ankle sprain. However, how do you get the ankle back to 100%? What exercises should you include in the athlete's training sessions to best prepare them for returning to play? What can clinicians do hands-on to rehab and help support a lateral ankle sprain? Read more to find out!