Ankle Sprains and Basketball: What to do when you have sprained your ankle

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Phoebe Skinns

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in basketball, and junior athletes are particularly vulnerable. It can be a frustrating and painful experience for young players, who are often eager to get back on the court as soon as possible. However, rushing back into the game too soon can lead to further injury and a longer recovery time. This is where a sports physiotherapist can play a crucial role in helping junior athletes recover from ankle sprains. 

Hoops Physio is a sports physiotherapy clinic that specialises in the treatment of basketball related injuries, and their team of experienced and qualified physiotherapists can help athletes recover from ankle sprains sustained in basketball games.

Sports physiotherapy involves the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries. Our sports physiotherapists can help athletes recover from ankle sprains by providing a range of treatments and techniques that are specifically designed to promote healing and prevent further injury. Studies have shown that physiotherapy has a  “significant reduction in pain, swelling and function” for ankle sprains (Hing W, Lopes J, Hume PA, Reid DA, 2011).

The first step in recovering from an ankle sprain is to assess the extent of the injury. A sports physiotherapist can assess the injury by conducting a physical examination and may also use imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans to determine the severity of the sprain. Based on the assessment, the sports physiotherapist will then develop a personalised treatment plan for the athlete. Treatment plans may include immobilisation, taping, manual therapy and a combination of exercises that help you get back to peak performance. 

Once the athlete has recovered from their ankle sprain, the sports physiotherapist can also provide advice on injury prevention. This may include advice on proper warm-up and cool-down techniques, tips for avoiding overuse injuries, and the use of braces or supports to help reduce the risk of injury.

In summary, sports physiotherapy is an effective way to help athletes recover from ankle sprains and prevent further injury. Hoops Physio is a specialised sports physiotherapy clinic that can provide personalised treatment plans for basketball athletes with ankle sprains. With the right treatment and guidance from a sports physiotherapist, athletes can return to the court with confidence. 

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