Ankle pain in sport

Callum Leese, Hussain Al-Zubaidi (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Research demonstrates that regular physical activity (PA) results in extensive physical, psychological, and social benefits. However, injuries present a major complication of PA, leading to both direct and indirect negative consequences. Ankle injuries are the most common sporting injuries, with an incidence of 5.23 per 1000 athletes per day. Subsequent ankle pain can be a consequence of acute or more chronic pathology. Given the high prevalence of ankle injuries identification of the cause and appropriate management are vitally important. Although important (and highly publicised) in elite sport, the majority of ankle injuries occur in amateur sports. Correct diagnosis and management in primary care expedites recovery and aids the overall health and well-being of affected individuals. This is especially important to avoid chronic issues. The increased number of physiotherapists working in primary care, a basic knowledge of diagnosis and management, and an understanding of anatomy and risk factors will help ensure patients get the advice they need for better outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Nov 2023


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