The relationship between a history of ankle injury and current ankle proprioception deficit
Jessica Wark, Matthew Buns, Tim Stark
The purpose of this study was to determine if a correlation exists between ankle injuries and ankle joint proprioception deficits when compared to non-injured individuals. Ankle injuries are one of the most common sports related injuries. Proprioception can be described as an unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation. The standard care for ankle injury is to administer proprioception rehabilitation exercises, but consensus is lacking regarding the clinical evidence of the effectiveness of these interventions. To obtain various research articles that pertain to this subject, key phrases such as; effects of ankle sprains on joint proprioception, ankle rehab effects on joint proprioception, and balance exercises effects on joint proprioception were used. Current research does not have a definitive consensus when considering the effects that ankle injury has on joint proprioception. Consensus for ankle injury and rehabilitation includes determining the mechanism of injury and applying a proper exercise routine. The key to ensuring proper ankle proprioception is ankle injury prevention. Ankle rehab protocols have been shown to decrease the chances and recurrence of ankle sprains.