Ankle Injury Advice in the Province Sports Academy

More tips from SportMed Soccer in the Province Sports Academy!

This time… the dreaded sprained ankle.

The basic ankle sprain is another one of those injuries that is all-too-common in the sport of soccer. You’d have difficulty finding many athletes who’ve gone their entire careers without spraining their ankle at least once.

Nearly all ankle sprains are your standard “inversion” sprain. That’s where the athlete lands on the outside of their foot and their ankle rolls inwards. While this injury happens regularly, it’s usually not well managed by players and managers, resulting in many athletes having chronically loose ankles.

It’s important that the ankle is initially managed according to the PRICE principle (PROTECTION, REST, ICE, COMPRESSION, and ELEVATION), and that the athlete sees a practitioner who has experience with sports injuries.

Proper management of ankle sprains will result in a faster recovery as well as a reduced likelihood of reinjury.

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