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Preventing Ankle Sprains in Soccer

Ankle sprains in soccer are not always caused when a player's planted foot folds to the inside in a funny way trying to avoid a slide tackle or making a sharp cut on the field. A player can also twist an ankle by:

  • Falling over equipment, balls or shoes that are left on the field where they don't belong
  • Horsing around
  • Stepping into holes, bumps or uneven surfaces in the practice or playing fields.
  • Wearing loose-fitting shoes that allow the feet to twist from side-to-side.

As a result, make sure that players don't fool around when they are warming up before the game, that someone checks the field conditions, and that all equipment, balls, bags, water bottles etc. are not near the soccer field before or during the game.

Current as of March 3, 2015