What are the return-to-play criteria for an ankle sprain during recovery phase?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Craig C Young, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Return-to-play criteria during the recovery phase (3 d to 2 wk post injury) include the following:

  • Full, pain-free active and passive ROM

  • No pain or tenderness

  • Strength of ankle muscles 70-80% of that on the uninvolved side

  • Ability to balance on 1 leg for 30 seconds with eyes closed

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