National Athletic Trainers Association Posters: Exploring Chronic Ankle Instability
2018 NATA New Orleans, LA – By Keith Loria
Nearly 70% of university level ballet and modern dancers report ankle sprains, and 75% have been identified as having chronic ankle instability (CAI). Yet, unlike collegiate football or basketball players, half do not receive medical care for these injuries. Why not? White ankle tape, braces, and boots do not help a dancer improve live performance.
Three 10- to 20-minute sessions per week for 4 weeks of resistance bands, BAPS board, or a combination of the two, worked equally well as rehabilitative treatment for chronic ankle instability (CAI) in high school and adolescent athletes, according to the findings presented in the poster, A Randomized Controlled Trial Investigating the Effects of a 4-Week Ankle Rehabilitation Program on…
As part of a larger investigation and evolution of rehabilitation paradigms for those with chronic ankle instability (CAI), Cameron J. Powden, PhD, LAT, ATC, assistant professor, Department of Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation at Indiana State University, led a research team with colleagues from the…
“Balance training isn’t a cookie-cutter treatment that should be used for every patient with CAI,” said Christopher J. Burcal, PhD ATC, co-director of Omaha Sports Medicine Research Laboratory and assistant professor of athletic training at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s School of Health and Kinesiology. “A quick screening of balance and self-reported function can significantly increase the likelihood of your patient having a meaningful improvement in balance after balance ...
To better understand how ankle sprains negatively affect balance, Kyung-Min Kim, Ph.D., ATC, assistant professor, University of Miami Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, and South Korean colleagues looked at the effects of acute lateral ankle sprain (ALAS) on reactive balance. Their findings were presented in the poster, Reactive Balance Following Acute Lateral Ankle Sprain.5
Guest Editorial: Falls Prevention among Older Adults: It Takes a Village
When most people think about September and the start of fall, they think of the beginning of the school year, getting back into routine after the summer, and cool crisp days. At the National Council of Aging (NCOA) when we think about fall, we think about and plan for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, which is observed around the country on the first day of fall. 2018 marked the 11th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.
Preventing falls among older adults is a significant focus at NCOA because falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. It’s important for older adults to understand that falling is not an inevitable part of aging. We know what the risk factors for falls are and once identified, interventions can be put in place to reduce falls risks. For example, through practical lifestyle adjustments, such as physical activity to improve strength and balance; safety modifications in the home; medication adjustments; participation evidence-based falls prevention programs; and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.
By Kathleen Cameron, MPH
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