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Ankle sprains are common injuries for athletes and can put one on the sidelines for extended periods. Learn how to treat sports injuries in this video on health and rehab.

Not only are ankle sprains common injuries, they are the most common injury that emergency rooms see each year.

What is more disturbing is that ER statistics show a person who suffers from a sprained ankle is 78% likely to return within 12 months with a more serious ankle sprain. The reason for these return visits is that virtually nobody does any proper rehab of their sprained ankle after they start to feel better.

The result is weak ankles, loose ligaments and scar tissue that restricts movement which causes stiffness. Another part of the ankle rehab process is repairing the proprioceptors in your foot. These small sensors tell your brain the exact position your foot is in. When you injured your ankle, these sensors became damaged and no longer are accurate in reporting the position of your foot.

These sensors are so sensitive that they can detect a difference in position as small as 1/32 of an inch or the thickness of a sheet of paper.

If your foot is off as little as 1/16 of an inch, you can roll your ankle and re-injure it.

Make sure that whatever you do, you follow a ankle rehab program that not only strengthens the muscles that support the ankle, and restores range of motion, but also that re-calibrates the sensors in your foot so they report your foot position accurately to your brain.

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