Reduction of Risk for Progressive Ankle Dysfunction


Reduction of Risk for Progressive Ankle Dysfunction


$15 for NATA members/ $25 for non-members


Wednesday, February 5, 2014


11:00am – 12:15pm CST




Gary Wilkerson, EdD, ATC, FNATA


Gary Wilkerson is a tenured professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he has taught in the Graduate Athletic Training Program for the past 14 years. His research pertaining to the prevention and treatment of ankle injuries has been published in several different professional journals, including Foot and Ankle International. He has received the designation of Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and he is a member of the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.


Few athletic trainers possess a thorough understanding of biomechanical factors that can lead to chronic ankle dysfunction. Ankle pathology can be far more severe than signs and symptoms often suggest. This session will enhance understanding of ankle biomechanics, degenerative processes, and evidence-based therapeutic interventions. Topics will include screening procedures for identification of athletes who possess elevated risk for ankle injury, clinical evaluation of ankle pathology, long-term consequences of ankle instability, and strategies for restoration of optimal ankle function.

Clinical Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Summarize the collective findings of recent research on the pathogenesis of chronic ankle dysfunction
  • Relate the relative benefits of ultrasound versus magnetic resonance imaging for identification of pathology, and
  • Develop a treatment plan that will minimize risk for chronic articular degeneration

Athletic Training Domain:

Prevention, Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis, Treatment and Rehabilitation

Course Level:


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