Preventing Ankle Sprains – Blog No. 1

Ankle injuries account for 22.6% of all injuries amongst high school and collegiate athletes. (2)

-5600 daily ankle sprains present to ED in the UK. (6)

-67% are an initial sprain, 33% are a re-injury. (6)

Incidence of ankle injuries is 7 per 1000 across all indoor sports (1) (4)

200% Risk of Re-injury within the first 12 months following an ankle sprain (1)

Ankle sprains may lead to chronic ankle instability (CAI)

23,000 ankle sprains occur every day (two million annually) at an annual cost of $5.4 billion (4) (6)

*Ranging $580-1770 per injury (1)

Mechanism of Injury

-Usually a result of the ankle rolling in (inversion), causing damage to the lateral ankle ligaments
-Activities such as rebounding (34%), general play (24%) and defending (13%) and shooting (12%) (2) (6)
-Contact with another player (58%) and acute non-contact (30%) were the most common MOI (2) (6)


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