An epidemiological survey on ankle sprain

Br J Sports Med. 1994 Jun;28(2):112-6. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.28.2.112.


Ankle sprain is a common sports injury and is often regarded as trivial by athletes and coaches. This epidemiological study was conducted among three categories of Hong Kong Chinese athletes: national teams, competitive athletes and recreational athletes. This study shows that as much as 73% of all athletes had recurrent ankle sprain and 59% of these athletes had significant disability and residual symptoms which led to impairment of their athletic performance. This study indicates that a proper approach towards injury prevention and a comprehensive rehabilitation programme are required.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Ankle Injuries / complications
  • Ankle Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / complications
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Hong Kong / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Recurrence
  • Sprains and Strains / complications
  • Sprains and Strains / epidemiology*