"Acute Ankle Sprains: We Can Do BETTER!" is an engaging presentation that explores the latest advancements in the treatment and management of ankle sprains. This course covers the epidemiology of acute and chronic ankle sprains, challenges with traditional 'Usual Care' approaches like R.I.C.E., and the risk of reoccurrence. Participants will gain in-depth knowledge of ankle sprain anatomy, including biomechanics and imaging techniques.
Through practical case studies, attendees will learn about effective treatment strategies, such as functional triage and early weight-bearing. The course challenges the conventional R.I.C.E. method and introduces evidence-based alternatives like manual therapy and rehabilitation considerations, including proper foot loading, balance training, and dynamic loading. The course also addresses return to play criteria, taping vs. bracing, and marketing considerations for working with high-school athletes. This course is ideal for healthcare professionals and sports therapists seeking to enhance their ankle sprain management skills for improved patient outcomes.