Although Ankle Sprain Solved encompasses my 20+ years of experience and Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, the basic principles of this program began with a young man named Brian.
His mother brought him into my gym for an appointment almost 10 years ago.
Brian had a Grade-I ankle sprain from playing with his friends in the backyard. Their family doctor ruled out significant damage, and when Brian asked about conditioning with an injured ankle, the doctor told the family to see me first.
Brian was a little smaller than your average 12-year-old, especially for hockey, but he didn’t care about that. Brian was determined to be ready for the start of the season, which meant some sort of conditioning. However, his family was concerned about making his injury worse.
During our first appointment, we sat down to get his background information. I got him to move his ankle, knee and hip to find the movements that hurt more than others. That gave us a standard for his abilities and improvements.
Our initial sessions focused on improving ankle movement, strength, stability and balance. From there, we moved onto full-body movements and low-impact cardiovascular work.
Brian really committed himself to the program.
I can still picture him riding that stationary bike with an ankle brace.
At the end of our very first appointment, Brian asked for additional exercises…
Something he could do at home.
I was surprised at his desire to push forward so quickly; however, I wanted to encourage his enthusiasm. So, I gave Brian a few exercises to do in between our sessions.
Every week I would see Brian.
Every week his injured ankle got stronger.
And every week I would send him home with additional exercises.
The young man inspired me to find better exercises and strategies for ankle pain sufferers.
I dove into more and more research. I wanted to find the best plan for Brain.
Most importantly, I needed to ensure we didn’t make his ankle worse.
I wanted to protect him from pushing it too hard.
That's why I scoured all of the research I could find in order to best prepare him for his upcoming hockey season.
After four weeks of appointments and exercises at home, Brian laced up his skates again.
He successfully conquered his sprained ankle.
He thanked me at our last session, and I never saw Brian again.
But as it turns out, I should have been thanking him.
Over the years, I have adapted and evolved his program into the current Ankle Sprain Solved blueprint, but the roots began with Brian – and it has helped so many others too.
We all thank you, Brian!