Ankle Injuries

Professional athletes look fantastic when they are moving at a rapid speed, passing the ball, making incredible shots and engaging the crowds to a frenzy of joy. Everyone loves a winning team and the money paid to the player and their sports franchises are in the hundreds of millions. On the high school or college level, it is the glory of a state or regional championship and a chance for a scholarship. However, what happens when these all too human athletes are injured? Specifically, an injury that is a sprained ankle which is one of the most common injuries for basketball players. Ankle sprains are common among basketball players of every level. In many cases, the sprain will occur when a player steps on another player’s foot. This could occur while jumping for a rebound or making a quick step to get around a player in the open court, according to JoHan Wang the chief trainer of the Golden States Warriors.   When there is a physical injury to the ankle, it affects the athletes’ agility and ability to play at maximum level. These types of sprain are not usually treated with standard Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. (R.I.C.E) treatments; the athletes need the expertise and the benefits of physical therapy.
First, most people have a general idea of how a sprained ankle feels, and many people have even experienced a sprain. A sprained ankle usually occurs when a person lands from jumping or running on an uneven surface. For example, sprained ankles are often seen when basketball players come down from a jump and land on another player's foot. The types of sprains that professional athletes experience are much more extensive and complicated; therefore, they are referred to rehabilitation and benefit from physical therapy. The physical therapist must initially work with the diagnosed sprain, and there are three major types:
According to Dr. Johnathan Cluett, an inversion ankle sprain is the most common type and occurs when the foot is inverted and twists...