After an ankle sprain, most people will return to sport much sooner than they should. The common misconception is that once the pain has resolved, the ankle is better again. However, during the time spent with pain, swelling and bruising after the sprain, a degenerative process takes place which weakens the muscles and ligaments that support the ankle. If this is not addressed before returning to sport, it is highly likely that you will re-sprain the ankle at some point.
The good news is that two very simple interventions have been proven to significantly reduce the risk of recurring ankle sprains:
So next time you sprain your ankle, don’t ignore it, rehab it correctly and you will reap the rewards later down the line!
Doherty et al. (2016), Treatment and prevention of acute and recurrent ankle sprain: an overview of systematic reviews with meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med. 2017 Jan;51(2):113-125