Online Course
Paradigm Shift in the Rehabilitation of the Ankle
Learn about the importance of the perceptual-interdependence framework when applied to ankle rehabilitation

2-2.5 hours





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Helene Simpson
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Helene is an experienced physiotherapist and lecturer who specialises in the ankle-foot complex

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The current model in chronic ankle rehabilitation is based on a biopsychosocial model of function, disability, and health, integration of perception and the dynamics of skills acquisition. However, current treatment protocols for ankle sprains do not always follow this model. This course discusses the history of the rehabilitation of ankle sprains and the need for a paradigm shift. The clinician will learn how ankle pathomechanics, sensation and behaviour influence a patient’s perception and action. In part two of the course, the instructor presents a progressive exercise program for ankle rehabilitation.


This course aims to explain the perceptual-interdependence framework for ankle rehabilitation.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2-2.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss the biopsychosocial model of functioning and the International Classification of Functioning
  • explain the perceptual-interdependence framework in ankle rehabilitation
  • provide examples of cell, tissue, body, self and society connections in the context of ankle rehabilitation

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
First of all, the instructor of this course is highly likeable, and it is a pleasure to watch her videos. Second, this course was clinically relevant and hands-on, featuring the instructor showing the exercises. I appreciated her “layered” approach of fitting the exercise to the client’s abilities, starting with the basics. It is an excellent course that increased my understanding of working with people who have ankle sprains
Анастасія Новаковська
It was an excellent course by Helene, with fantastic examples of exercises and progressions for ankle rehabilitation.
Damian Hehir
Great course. Looks at rehab from a functional point of view!
Claron O' Neale
It was a very informative, evidence-based course! The video section with the practical demonstration can benefit those practising in the clinical setting.
Dr.Arif Shah (PT)