Sporting Ankles & How to care for them - Sports Injury Bulletin

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Sporting Ankles & How to care for them

Practical advice on emergency treatment and effective rehab
Chris Mallac

It's one of the easiest things in the world to turn an ankle. And one of the most common sports injuries of all. Which is probably why we are all guilty of under-playing the consequences.

After the initial searing pain, we limp home, reach for the pain-killers, chuck the frozen peas on the swollen ankle, put the foot up for an hour or two, and hobble around for a couple of days. Then we tend to resume business as usual.

If we're lucky, we get away with it. But, as this book describes, ankles are complicated structures and ankle injuries tend to be trickier than we assume.

Even the simple sprains can leave strange legacies that will dog us – reduced balance, repeat incidents, new pain in other places – perhaps for years after. And too often, what we assume to be simple sprains turn into more complicated injuries that need highly specialised care.

Read the report, and take heed. You will learn how complex the ankle is, how easy it is to misdiagnose or simply to miss altogether the true problems.

You will find practical advice on emergency treatment and effective rehab – even if you are confined to crutches.

Once you have read the cautionary tales and the advice from our team of experts, you will, hopefully, never again lightly dismiss your ankle injury. And that may save your sporting career.

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Even simple sprains can leave strange legacies that will dog us – reduced balance, repeat incidents, new pain in other places – perhaps for years after. And too often, what we assume to be simple sprains turn into more complicated injuries that need highly specialised care. This book will help you understand ankle anatomy, pathologies, and appropriate treatments.

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Chris is a highly qualified Physiotherapist and Human Movement Educator with extensive experience in elite level sport. He has worked with elite level State and National level AFL, rugby union and football teams in Australia, UK and France, more recently as High Performance Manager for the Brisbane Roar in the Australian A-League Football Competition. He still travels the world presenting Rehab Trainer courses and also works as a Physiotherapist and Educational Consultant with Inspire Health Services in Brisbane, Australia.
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