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Ankle injuries are among the most common injuries suffered by athletes of all ages. These injuries range from mild to career-ending. While not all of the injuries are preventable, there are certain steps that can be taken to reduce the chances of suffering a serious ankle injury.
The most significant predictor of future ankle sprains is a history of previous ankle sprains. If you have suffered an ankle sprain, here are some suggestion that can help reduce your chances of reinjuring your ankle:
Taping your ankle has been shown to reduce the risk of ankle inversion sprains (the most common type of sprain), as long as the tape is properly applied. Have a knowledgeable trainer tape you up before competition.
Wear an appropriate brace
It may be more convenient for you to purchase a commercially available brace in lieu of repeatedly taping the ankle before every practice and competition. Harder, more rigid braces have been shown to be more effective than soft, lace-up braces, but are often times much more expensive and may be less cosmetically pleasing. Select a brace that can be worn with comfort, since a brace that stays in its box doesn’t help prevent any ankle sprains at all.
Complete an approved rehabilitation plan
Following an ankle injury, your doctor may prescribe physical therapy. It is important that this plan be continued until it has been completed. A properly designed physical therapy plan can strengthen weak muscles around the ankle and can promote good balance that can help prevent future ankle sprains.
If you have suffered an ankle injury, don’t let it keep you on the sidelines.
Get you back in the game, whether that game is your favorite hobby or your profession!