Table 2

Consensus on assessment items that should be included in the return to sport decision after an acute lateral ankle sprain, indicating the round of inclusion and level of agreement

Assessment item to be includedRound (1–3)Agreement (%)
Sport-specific activities198
Pain severity during sport participation193
Ankle range of motion190
Ankle muscle strength187
Completion of a full training session387
Pain severity over the last 24 hours181
Perceived ankle reassurance/confidence181
Perceived ankle stability174
Psychological readiness174
Ankle muscle endurance173
Dynamic postural control/balance173
Ankle (and lower limb) muscle power*272
  • *Lower limb muscle power and ankle muscle power were initially presented to panellists as separate items, but 96% of panellists agreed that these items would be assessed together.