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Ankle Sprains More Detrimental to Male Athletes

Rugby Ankle Injury
Rugby Ankle Sprain
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According to The American Journal of Sports Medicine, male athletes were three times more likely to have a medial (inner) ankle sprain and even high ankle sprains (syndesmotic ankle sprains). These ankle sprains are not as common as the lateral (outer) ankle sprains. High ankle sprains are also often misdiagnosed. The high ankle sprain can also be unstable when more ligaments are involved requiring surgery. This tidbit from the AJOSM is important with the prevention of injuries because high ankle sprains may result in significant recovery time and long-term disability. Here is Wikipedia's article about the different ankle sprains.
Eighty percent of the high sprains that occurred happened during athletics, as did 64 percent of the inner sprains. High-contact, high-impact sports accounted for most injuries, with top offenders for high sprains in men being sprint football, men's team handball, soccer, and basketball; for women, the highest-risk sports for high sprains were intercollegiate volleyball, followed by basketball and soccer. Inner sprains occurred most frequently during men's rugby, gymnastics, and soccer. Reuter's Health and Anne Harding 
The study also showed that there were more injuries when the person was overweight showing a difference between a 26 Body Mass Index (BMI) verses a 24 BMI. Learn more about the BMI at the CDC's website or Wikipedia


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References:
http://ajs.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/02/02/0363546510391462.abstract
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/14/us-ankle-sprains-idUSTRE71D4U520110214
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankle_sprain
http://orthopedics.about.com/od/sprainsstrains/a/syndesmosis.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_mass_index

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