Online Course
Proprioception of the Ankle
Learn evidence-based techniques to retrain proprioception

1-1.5 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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When tissue deformation occurs, the sensory receptors in the skin, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons provide proprioceptive feedback to the central nervous system. Skin sensory receptors and musculoskeletal receptors are the main sensors controlling the relative position of the body parts and muscle activity. They respond to touch, vibration, pressure and stretch on the skin. The length and tension of the skeletal muscles are controlled by proprioception to coordinate motor control. Proprioception can be impacted by injury and should, therefore, be considered in the rehabilitation of ankle injuries. This course will explore various techniques that can be used to retrain proprioception after an ankle injury.


This course aims to introduce proprioception impairment after an ankle injury and highlight evidence-based techniques to retrain proprioception.


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

  1. Video
  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.


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 1-1.5 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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 1.0 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 physiology of proprioception
  • explain changes in proprioception that are associated with ageing and injury
  • identify relevant body systems that can influence ankle proprioception
  • select appropriate evidence-based therapeutic interventions to retrain proprioception based on a simple case scenario