Ankle sprains: How they turn serious

Ankle injuries are common in football. Ankle sprains, in particular, are one to watch out for. Many are minor, lasting a couple of weeks. Some players suffer serious damage meaning a long recovery on the sidelines.

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PROBLEMATIC: Footballers are at a high risk of ankle injuries, including serious ankle sprains

When you sprain your ankle this means that you have injured one of the ligaments.

There are three ligaments. The lateral ligament (outside of the ankle); the medial ligament (inside of the ankle); and the ligament running between the tibia and fibula. 

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