Ankle Sprains A Serious Problem – Sports Injury Data for US High School Athletes

According to Dr. David Swenson and colleagues (2013) in research published in the Journal of Sports Medicine, ankle sprains are a problem for kids participating in high school sports.

The most common ligament injured and involved in more than 4 out of 5 sprains is the anterior talofibular ligament. 

Less than 1% of ankle sprains required any type of surgical intervention. The most common cause of ankle injury in about 42% of cases involved physical contact with another person.

Girls had higher rates of ankle sprains than boys. Interestingly, nearly 11% of all ankle sprains happened with athletes wearing an ankle brace. Check out more information about this research on US High School Athletes and Injuries.


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