Story by: Alexis Messmer on March 3, 2017
Ankle sprains and rolls are some of the most common injuries seen in athletic competition, especially basketball. Sprains occur when ligaments are stretched or torn from a forceful rolling of the ankle either inward or outward. During basketball, this usually happens when a player takes a bad step and loses their footing, lands on an opponent’s foot or comes down awkwardly after a jump.
Recurring ankle sprains are common when an initial ankle injury isn’t treated properly or given enough time to heal. It is essential to take your physician’s, athletic trainer’s or physical therapist’s advice when returning from an ankle injury.
Ankle injury prevention 101
Take time off to recharge
As with any other activity or sport, your body needs a break in order to recharge and avoid muscle fatigue, which can lead to injury. No sport should be played year-round or every day of the week.
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