REHABILITATION OF AN ANTERIOR TALOFIBULAR LIGAMENT INJURY IN A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER INCORPORATING THE USE OF THE EMPOWERBAND ANKLE SUPPORT

Rehabilitation

FEATURE / DAVID FEVRE MSC, CHRIS WILDING MSC, RHYS DALY & CHASE HOMER

Lateral ankle ligament injuries are common in most sports, particularly in football. The most recent studies put the incidence of such an injury in a range of 10-17% of all injuries (1,2,3) in elite soccer. The majority of these injuries are managed conservatively with a graduated rehabilitation programme before returning to play. This often involves the use of an immobilisation boot, brace
or strapping with the progressive increase in load-bearing demanded throughout the specific rehabilitation stages. Recovery time for ankle sprains varies between 7 –34 days; post-surgery in more severe cases this figure is reported as 77-105 days (4)

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