Why it is never a ‘simple ankle sprain’: diagnosis, treatment & prevention of ankle sprain injuries

Teacher Eamonn Delahunt
Dates 14-15 December 2019
Max participants 36
Location Centro Atlante - Strada Bresciana 14 - - Verona, Italy
Certificate / Credits Yes / Yes (13 ECM)
Type of course Theoretical & Practical
Course features
Research & Evidence Based
Theoretical foundation
Hands-on/practical sessions
2 days of high quality learning content
Course in English with translation in Italian
Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, medicine & physiotherapy students and professionals equivalent to PT’s can register for this course
PhD, BSc (Physio), SMISCP
Eamonn Delahunt is a Professor in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. Professor Delahunt is a first-class honours, first place in class, UCD BSc (Physiotherapy)...
Course program
  • 9:00AM – 9:30AM

    Participants registration

  • 9:30AM – 9:45AM


  • 9:45AM – 10:30AM

    Anatomy of the ankle joint: a pictorial review

  • 10:30AM – 11:15AM

    Mechanisms of ankle joint injury: systematic video analysis, kinematic modelling and laboratory “mishaps”
    Focus on ankle joint sprains (lateral ligaments and syndesmosis sprains)

  • 11:15AM – 11:30AM


  • 11:30AM – 12:15AM

    Epidemiology of ankle joint injuries in sports: know your sport!
    Focus on ankle joint sprains (lateral ligaments and syndesmosis sprains)

  • 12:15AM – 1:00PM

    How to prevent ankle joint injuries: lessons on injury prevention

  • 1:00PM – 1:15PM

    Review of morning session and discussion

  • 1:15PM – 2:15PM

    Lunch Break

  • 2:15PM – 3:00PM

    The diagnosis of acute ankle joint injuries: the essential theory

  • 3:00PM – 3:45PM

    The diagnosis of acute ankle joint injuries: the essential practical – a MUST for all physiotherapists working with field and court sport athletes

  • 3:45PM – 4:00 PM


  • 4:00PM – 5:00PM

    Evidence-based treatment of acute ankle joint injuries: what is the evidence?
    Focus on ankle joint sprains

  • 5:00PM – 5:45PM

    Introduction to Chronic Ankle Instability (CAI)

  • 5:45PM – 6:00PM

    Review of afternoon session and discussion

  • 9:00AM – 9:15AM

    Rehabilitation Oriented ASsessmenT (ROAST): consensus statement of the International Ankle Consortium

  • 9:15AM – 10:25M

    Evidence-based assessment and rehabilitation of static postural balance: theory and practical
    Focus on ankle joint sprains and chronic ankle instability

  • 10:25AM– 10:40AM


  • 10:40AM– 10:50AM

    Evidence-based assessment and rehabilitation of dynamic postural balance: theory and practical
    Focus on ankle joint sprains and chronic ankle instability

  • 11:50AM– 12:00AM

    Review of morning session

  • 12:00AM– 13:00PM

    Lunch Break

  • 13:00PM– 14:00PM

    Evidence-based manual therapy: theory and practical
    Focus on ankle joint sprains and chronic ankle instability

  • 14:00PM– 15:00PM

    Strength, plyometrics and neuromuscular control: theory and practical
    Focus on ankle joint sprains and chronic ankle instability

  • 15:00PM– 16:00PM

    Evidence-based bracing and taping: theory and practical
    Focus on ankle joint sprains and chronic ankle instability

  • 16:00PM– 16:15PM

    How to objectively quantify the success of your rehabilitation

  • 16:15PM– 16:30PM

    Review and discussion – end of course


Ankle sprains are the most commonly incurred lower limb musculoskeletal injury incurred by athletes (across all levels of competition) who participate in sports. As such, all too often, colloquial terms such as a “twisted ankle” or “rolled ankle” are used to describe an acute ankle sprain injury. In reality, there is rarely ever a "simple ankle sprain". Ankle sprains have the highest recurrence rate of all lower limb musculoskeletal injuries. This is further complicated by the high propensity for the development of long-term injury-associated impairments.

Athletes who have sustained an acute ankle sprain injury often experience ankle joint instability, regular episodes of “giving way” of their ankle joint, as well as recurrent injury during the months and years after their initial injury; these constitute the characteristic features of chronic ankle instability.

Ankle sprain injury and chronic ankle instability can negatively affect an athlete’s ability to participate in sport at his/her desired level and can initiate the development of early onset post-traumatic osteoarthritis. This is particularly concerning as ankle sprain injuries are highly prevalent in adolescents and young adults.


Considering the high prevalence of ankle sprains amongst those participating in field- and court-sports, efforts to prevent ankle sprain injuries and their associated impairments should be a priority amongst the sports physiotherapy community.


This 2-day course:

  • will provide a comprehensive evidence-informed overview of diagnosis, clinical assessment, rehabilitation and prevention of ankle sprain injuries.
  • will be an essential update and guide for clinicians working with field- and court-sport athletes.
  • As an update, will present the most up-to-date peer-reviewed literature.
  • As a guide, will outline how physiotherapists can effectively implement evidence-informed strategies as part of their daily practice.

Indicative topics

The primary topics that will be covered as part of this 2-day course include:

  • Anatomy & biomechanics of the ankle joint
  • Epidemiology of ankle joint sprains in sports
  • Mechanisms of ankle joint sprains
  • Injury prevention theory
  • Evidenced-Based prevention of ankle joint sprains/injuries
  • Diagnosis and clinical assessment of acute ankle joint sprains
  • The International Ankle Consortium - Rehabilitation Oriented ASsessment and Treatment (ROAST)
  • Chronic Ankle Instability / CAI (sensorimotor impairments and evidence-based treatment)

Each of these topics will be presented as a separate work package. Each work package will be allocated different specific goals (with practical/hands-on labs) which will be supplemented by notes and peer-reviewed articles.

Registration fee

REGISTRATION for the course:

  • Registration fee for students * € 400,00
  • Registration fee (early booking) * € 400,00 - until October 21st 2019
  • Registration fee GTM Partners (participants in the "Foot & Ankle" congress from 9-10 November 2019 in Bologna) * € 400,00 - until November 30th 2019
  • Registration fee € 470,00 - starting from October 22nd 2019
  • -10% for members of our partners

VAT exempt quotas ex art. 10, n. 20, D.P.R. 26/10/1972, n. 633
*The aforementioned promo cannot be combined with the other ongoing discounts such as:
"10% discount fee for members of PARTNERS’ organizations”