What is a sprained ankle?
The most common type of ankle injury is a sprain. A sprain is stretching and tearing of ligaments. (You sprain a ligament and strain a muscle).
The most common damage done in an ankle sprain is to the talo-fibula ligament. If the injury is worse you might also damage the calcanao-fibula ligament. In addition to the ligament damage you could well have damaged tendons as well.
There are three degrees of ligament sprain:
Some stretching or perhaps tearing of the ligament.
Little or no joint instability.
Some joint stiffness.
Some tearing of the ligament fibres
Moderate instability of the joint
Moderate to severe pain
Swelling and stiffness
Total rupture of a ligament
Gross instability of the joint
Severe pain initially followed by no pain
What can the athlete do?
Aim to reduce the swelling by R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) as soon as possible.
Protect the injured ankle by taping or a support (although do not rely on them for ever as this will weaken the joint).
Rest the injured ankle - use crutches if necessary - no weight bearing for 24 hours, longer if necessary.
See a sports injury specialist who can advise on rehabilitation including mobility, and strengthening.
What can a sports injury specialist do about it?
Prescribe anti inflammatory medication.
Reduce swelling by compression devices.
Use ultra sound and laser treatment.
Use cross friction massage
Prescribe a full rehabilitation programme.
to visit the official site of Volleyball Related Injuries