What activity regimen is used following an ankle sprain to prepare athletes to return to play?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Craig C Young, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Athletes with ankle sprains may return to activities as permitted by their symptoms. The physician may have to design a strict regimen of activities, because many athletes have a tendency to ignore pain during activities. In general, individuals should start with in-line activities (eg, jogging) and then progress to forward-backward and side-to-side activities. Pivoting and cutting activities are added only when the athlete is minimally symptomatic with the previous activities.


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