A sprained ankle is one of the most common sports injuries and is also the most frequently re-injured. In the majority of cases the ankle rolls inwards (inversion) under the weight of the rest of the body, resulting in damage to the ligaments on the outside of the ankle.
An ankle sprain refers to the tearing of the ligaments of the ankle and account for approximately 40% of all athletic injuries. 85% of ankle sprains occur on the outside (lateral side) of the ankle and are known as an inversion sprain. This is the type of injury that most runners experience when they sprain their ankles. Medial ankle sprains (along the inside of the ankle) are less common and are usually caused as a result of fractures or other traumatic events.
The reason that ankle sprains are so common is due to an anatomical imbalance, the lateral side naturally extends further than the medial side of the ankle. In this video Callum Davidson Sports Therapist shows us how he tapes athletes ankles to help prevent sprains in sports where they are particularly common, for example basketball and american football.
For this technique he uses;
- Firstaid4sport Coloured Underwrap 7cm x 27m in black
- Firstaid4sport Strappit Zinc Oxide Tape in 3.8cm