Preinjury to Postinjury Disablement and Recovery After a Lateral Ankle Sprain: A Case Report

J Athl Train. 2018 Aug;53(8):776-781. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-114-17. Epub 2018 Aug 22.


A healthy 19-year-old male college student (height = 177.8 cm, mass = 64.3 kg, body mass index = 20.3 kg/m2, Foot Posture Index = -1) participating in a study sustained a grade 2 inversion lateral ankle sprain 3 days after completing patient-reported outcome measures. A treatment protocol including therapeutic exercises and midfoot mobilizations was provided. Patient-reported outcomes assessing physical health, mental health, and foot-ankle function were completed 3 days preinjury and 1, 3, and 12 weeks postinjury. Substantial postinjury changes in function, physical health, and kinesiophobia reflected functional limitations that improved with treatment and time. This level 3 exploration case report provides a rare opportunity to highlight preinjury-to-postinjury changes in patient-reported physical and psychological measures caused by a lateral ankle sprain.

Keywords: function; inversion sprain; patient-reported outcomes.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Ankle Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Sprains and Strains / physiopathology
  • Sprains and Strains / rehabilitation*
  • Students
  • Young Adult