Clinical Usefulness of the Ottawa Ankle Rules for Detecting Fractures of the Ankle and Midfoot

Biokinetics Research Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA.
Journal of athletic training (Impact Factor: 2.02). 09/2010; 45(5):480-2. DOI: 10.4085/1062-6050-45.5.480
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