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High ankle sprains – Syndesmosis injury

High ankle sprains – Syndesmosis injury

It is only too fitting to be talking about syndesmosis injuries with Jack Gunston from Hawthron working hard to get back for this weeks prelimanry final in the AFL 2 weeks post injury.

As per a previous post, ankles are the most commonly injured body part in a wide variety of popular Australian sports.

If you hurt your ankle, an important injury not to miss is the ‘high ankle sprain’, or syndesmosis injury.

ANKLE SPRAINS - Part 1

ANKLE SPRAINS - Part 1

Ankle sprains are extremely common and are almost seen as “routine” in sport accounting to 15-30% of all sport injuries, especially those involving changes of direction. Although it is a widespread sporting injury, it regularly occurs during every day activities. Ankle sprains are often also associated with women in high-heeled shoes! Unfortunately, these injuries are often not rehabilitated completely and can lead to all sorts of ongoing issues.

The ACL curse

The ACL curse

The 2015 season has already been marred by a spate of ACL injuries.

Australian Rules Football (AFL) is known for its high level of physical body contact. These high impact collisions can occur from any direction. Players typically wear no protective padding of any kind except for a mouth guard. As such, impact injury rates tend to be high.

The 2013 AFL season could legitimately be renamed the "Battle of Wounded Knee".

The 2013 injury report, showed there were 23 knee reconstructions performed on AFL in 2013, up from 16 in 2012 and 20 in 2011.

While no singular reason for this year's rush of ACL injuries can be pinpointed, research over almost two decades has found several predisposing factors for the AFL star's worst nightmare.