Trampoline ankle: case progression:
*We have not uploaded this video to youtube yet. It is on our Facebook page on Feb 11th. Go watch it there. We will compose this case as it progresses and put together a complete video then. But you can see what is discussed below, in the FB video,February 11th.
Impaired ankle rocker (severe) in action. We showed you this case last week, the ankle talus dislocation while trampoline'ing :) No surgery, but ankle was bagged up for 6 weeks. This is a TIGHT and blocked ankle rocker now, better for it to be more stable than unstable since every ligament was torn completely. These are his first steps in 6 weeks. 90 ankle dorsiflexion on the table, which is insufficient for anyone to have normal gait. Here is a great view of what happens when there is insufficient ankle rocker, one scenario at least (there are several ways around an insufficient ankle rocker). Here you can see the knee hyperextension strategy at the moment the body mass attempts to pass over the ankle, the ankle says "Nope, not today bud, try throwing the knee into extension to get over me.". And so, that is what happens here. Imagine what message the hip and glutes get from that strategy ! So, you won't see this every day, but imagine all the cases of minor ankle rocker impairment you do get in a few of your clients, and the micro knee extension strategies you can't see, that are fiddling with optimal mechanics. If you do not look, you will not find. It is why I mentioned the case last week of the ankle ROM looking normal on the exam table, but it not being used during gait. Again, not everyone needs more ankle rocker, often they need more S.E.S. (skill, endurance, strength). Skill includes, proprio, balance, coordination, motor patterning, etc. Make no mistake, this fella needs more ankle rocker !
* again, this video does not play, read above