12 Nov Is your ankle playing tricks on you?

Ankle sprains happen. Athletes learn the concepts of P.R.I.C.E. (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) early in their career as a way to manage acute (recent) injuries with swelling and pain. General guidelines are that an athlete should not return fully to play until swelling has resolved, and they can perform multiple repetitions of sport-specific activities without an increase in pain or swelling. But sometimes ankle sprains keep happening, and an athlete can spend an entire season dealing with one ankle sprain after another. Athletes may call it a trick ankle; doctors call it recurrent ankle sprains. Therapists call it decreased proprioception (balance), and it is treatable.

Balance is a skill just like free throws, juggling, throwing, or any other sport skill. Just like any other skill, you can improve your balance by practicing it. In rehabilitation, proprioception is trained by strengthening the muscles surrounding the ankle, and by working the ankle’s sensors.

For more information on ankle rehabilitation, click here.

Sports Medicine’s Community Partner Priority Scheduling and Injury Hotline

As a valued community partner, Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine has a Priority Scheduling and Injury Hotline, which gives you immediate access to an athletic trainer. The Hotline is staffed 7 days a week by a certified athletic trainer from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The athletic trainer is available to:

  • Discuss and provide injury advice
  • Schedule priority appointments when needed
  • Alleviate unneeded trips to the Emergency Room
  • Offer quick appointment times to meet your needs
  • Provides peace of mind when dealing with your athlete’s injuries

To speak with an athletic trainer, call: (614) 403-6396.