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Return to Play After Ankle Injuries

  • Frank G. J. LoeffenEmail author
  • Yoshiharu Shimozono
  • Gino M. M. J. Kerkhoffs
  • John G. Kennedy
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Abstract

Ankle injuries are common in football. The most common ankle injury is an ankle sprain, usually of the lateral ligaments. Associated injuries include syndesmotic tears, fractures and osteochondral defects. Most patients can be treated conservatively. However, it is important to distinguish a simple distortion from a more complex but sometimes subtle ankle injury, since adequate treatment is associated with a better prognosis and time to return to play. This chapter describes the most common ankle injuries in football. Anatomy, epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic approach and treatment are reviewed for a safe return to play.

Keywords

Football Ankle Injury Ligaments Rehabilitation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank G. J. Loeffen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Yoshiharu Shimozono
    • 4
  • Gino M. M. J. Kerkhoffs
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • John G. Kennedy
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryAcademic Medical CenterAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Academic Center for Evidence-based Sports Medicine (ACES)AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Amsterdam Collaboration for Health and Safety in Sports (ACHSS)AMC/VUmc IOC Research CenterAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Hospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA

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