Ankle sprains and instability in dancers

Clin Sports Med. 2008 Apr;27(2):247-62. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2007.12.006.


Ankle inversion injuries are the most common traumatic injuries in dancers. Ankle stability is integral to normal mobilization and to minimizing the risk for ankle sprain. The ability of the dynamic and static stabilizers of the ankle joint to maintain their structural integrity is a major component of the normal gait cycle. In the world of dance, this quality assumes even greater importance given the range of movement and stresses imposed on the ankle during various dance routines.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ankle Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Ankle Injuries / etiology
  • Ankle Injuries / therapy*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Dancing / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Joint Instability / diagnosis*
  • Joint Instability / etiology
  • Joint Instability / therapy*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sprains and Strains / diagnosis*
  • Sprains and Strains / etiology
  • Sprains and Strains / therapy*