Prevention of ankle sprains

Am J Sports Med. 1985 Jul-Aug;13(4):259-62. doi: 10.1177/036354658501300408.


Two different methods for the prevention of ankle joint injuries in soccer were tested. Coordination training on an ankle disk improves functional stability and postural control, whereas an orthosis provides mechanical support. Both techniques reduce the frequency of ankle sprains in soccer players with previous ankle problems. The orthosis is an alternative to taping, and can be used during the rehabilitation period after injury or when playing on uneven ground. Coordination training on an ankle disk ought to be included in the rehabilitation of ankle injuries to prevent functional instability. It may also be done prophylactically by players with previous ankle problems in order to break the vicious circle of recurrent sprains and feeling of giving way.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Ankle Injuries*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Orthotic Devices*
  • Physical Education and Training / methods*
  • Posture
  • Recurrence
  • Soccer
  • Sprains and Strains / prevention & control*