Acute ankle sprain in dancers

J Dance Med Sci. 2010;14(3):89-96.


Ankle sprain is a common injury in dancers. Because of the relative frequency of this injury and its wide acceptance as a likely part of an active lifestyle, in many individuals it may not receive the careful attention it deserves. An extreme ankle range of motion and excellent ankle stability are fundamental to success in dance. Hence, following a proper treatment protocol is crucial for allowing a dancer who suffers an ankle sprain to return to dance as soon as possible without impaired function. This article reviews the basic principles of the etiology and management of ankle sprain in dancers. Key concepts are on-site examination and treatment, early restoration, dance-specific rehabilitation, and a carefully administered safe return to dance. Additionally, injuries that may occur in conjunction with ankle sprain are highlighted, and practical, clinically relevant summary concepts for dance healthcare professionals, dance scientists, dance teachers, and dancers are provided.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Ankle Injuries* / diagnosis
  • Ankle Injuries* / etiology
  • Ankle Injuries* / physiopathology
  • Ankle Injuries* / rehabilitation
  • Ankle Joint / physiopathology*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Dancing / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sprains and Strains* / diagnosis
  • Sprains and Strains* / etiology
  • Sprains and Strains* / physiopathology
  • Sprains and Strains* / rehabilitation
  • Treatment Outcome