An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments, usually on the outside of the ankle. Ligaments are bands of tissue- like rubber bands- that connect one bone to another and bind the joints together. The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn.
Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in athletes. Sports that involve quick, sudden movements, such as basketball, tennis, and soccer can trigger these injuries.
Help prevent ankle sprains this spring with these tips:
*Perform exercises that help improve balance, lower leg strength, and flexibility.
*Use warm-up stretches and exercises before playing sports.
*Use an ankle brace if you're recovering from an injury or have repeatedly sprained your ankle.
*Wear the right shoes for the sport. For example, support your ankle by wearing court shoes, not running shoes, when playing sports that involve side-by-side movement, such as tennis and basketball.
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