Chapter 4. Preventing Ankle Injuries

  1. Roald Bahr MD, PhD5 and
  2. Lars Engebretsen MD, PhD5,6
  1. Jon Karlsson MD, PhD Professor of Sports Traumatology1,
  2. Evert Verhagen2,
  3. Bruce D. Beynnon PhD3 and
  4. Annunziato Amendola MD4

Published Online: 4 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303612.ch4

Sports Injury Prevention

Sports Injury Prevention

How to Cite

Karlsson, J., Verhagen, E., Beynnon, B. D. and Amendola, A. (2009) Preventing Ankle Injuries, in Sports Injury Prevention (eds R. Bahr and L. Engebretsen), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303612.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 5

    Department of Sports Medicine, Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo, Norway

  2. 6

    Orthopaedic Center, Ullevaal University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Orthopaedics, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden

  2. 2

    Department of Public and Occupational Health, EMG Institute, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  3. 3

    Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, McClure Musculoskeletal Research Center, The University of Vermont, VT, USA

  4. 4

    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, University of Iowa Sports Medicine Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 23 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405162449

Online ISBN: 9781444303612



  • epidemiology of ankle injuries in sports;
  • preventing ankle injuries;
  • sport-specific injury epidemiology - soccer;
  • American football and rugby;
  • running, jogging, and hiking;
  • basketball;
  • postural sway - linked to previous ankle sprain occurrence;
  • identifying athletes at risk;
  • injury mechanisms for ankle sprains;
  • identifying risks in training and competition program


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Epidemiology of ankle injuries in sports

  • Key risk factors: how to identify athletes at risk

  • Injury mechanisms for ankle sprains

  • Identifying risks in the training and competition program

  • Preventive measures

  • References

  • Further reading