I think it is safe to say that the vast majority of us have had an ankle injury at one point or another. And they can happen to anyone at anytime! You could be heading down the street, riding a skateboard, or walking at a leisurely pace when for some reason. Perhaps you stop and change direction to head the other way. You could be walking on the grass, when all of the sudden, that ground has a sudden dip or change in the terrain. Whether it is a strain, sprain, roll, twist or break, ankle injuries can happen to anyone at anytime, especially on the athletic field.
Whether it is a running back trying to avoid a tackle and he has to stop suddenly to change direction, or a center in basketball quickly planting to block a shot, injuries to the ankle is one of the most common sports injuries that occur. What you may not know, there are steps you can take to help mitigate an ankle injury that might keep you on the bench for a period of time. In the accompanying video of our Atlantic Health Sports Medicine Series, I sit down with Dr. Dean Padavan from Atlantic Sports Health to discuss in more detail how ankle injuries happen and what you as an athlete, parent and coach can do to treat and prevent them.