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Ankle sprains are the most common injury that occurs in volleyball at both the recreational and elite levels They reportedly account for between 17 - 61 of volleyball injuries In children and youth the NSW Youth Sports Injury Report Northern Sydney Area Health Service 1997 based on a survey of 15525 youth aged 11-19 years found that the ankle was one of the two most frequently injured anatomical sites accounting for 22 of volleyball injuries Three of the four ankle injuries were sprains In adults the Australian Volleyball Federations AVF annual report of 2003 stated that at the elite high level ankle injuries account for 34 of all volleyball injuries with sprains being 26 Several studies have found that ankle injury particularly sprains mainly occur in the net zone and most ankle injuries 48-87 result from landing on the foot of a team mate or just landing harshly after blocking less commonly 19-32 an opponent after blocking or spiking the ball Ankle sprains are the dominant acute injury in volleyball accounting for 60 of all acute injuries associated with volleyball They are a soft tissue injury because its an injury that wouldnt be easily observed by objective medical tests but rather is mainly evidenced by the description of pain and discomfort of the injuries person In order to prevent ankle sprains the following needs be considered - Associations should consider the introduction of a stricter net-line violation rule to reduce foot conflict under the net - Players with ankle sprains should complete supervised rehabilitation before returning to competition - Players who have suffered a moderate or severe sprain should wear an appropriate orthosis brace for at least 6 months and preferably twelve months - Players with unstable ankles should consider prophylactic bracing and taping for training sessions and matches There is evidence to suggest that bracing is more effective cost effective and convenient than taping and does not
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