Ankle sprains are the most common injuries for athletes. It seems as if most of us suffer these twists of fate sooner or later, and they tend to recur with annoying frequency and at the most inconvenient of times – as in, just when we’re getting back to full speed on the basketball court or soccer field.
Most sprained ankles are just bad luck such as when a basketball player goes up for a rebound and lands on someone’s foot, or when you step off a curb wrong.
And if not properly treated and rehabilitated, ankle sprains can leave behind weakness and instability in the joint long after the initial swelling disappears.
It’s been estimated that at least 24,000 sprained ankles occur every day in America and that they comprise some 45 percent of all sports injuries.
And being a well-conditioned athlete does not seem to help prevent these injuries. In fact, approximately 70% of college basketball players surveyed in one study reported a history of ankle injury.