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Ankle injuries are one of the most common types of injuries amongst all types of athletes They are responsible for up to 30 of all sports injuries most of them being ankle sprains and chronic ankle instabilities also known as CIA1Ankle sprains occur if there is severe inversion or eversion of the foot relative to the ankle which forces the ligaments in the ankle to give out which can ultimately lead to a tear An ankle sprain is categorized into three groups grade I a mild sprain grade II a moderate sprain and grade III a severe sprain7 A lateral ankle sprain may lead to CIA Mechanical ankle instability MAI and functional ankle instability FAIDue to its reoccurrence among athletes doctors have performed case studies in regards to the relationship between ankle injuries and hip strength The purpose of this paper is to determine whether hip strength has anything to do with ankle injuries The best way to determined the relationship between hip strength and ankles is to see how they interact with each other during a specific action The stability of the hip and its strength are vital in gait movements and the heel strike of the foot3 Friel elaborates on the relationship between the twoWhen the ankle is unable to compensate adequately for this lateral sway then a hip strategy is initiated23 which helps to prevent the ankle from excessive inversion movement Bullock-Saxton6 postulated that altered sensation in one joint can lead to muscle function changes in another more proximal joint If the firing recruitment and strength of the hip abductor muscles in people with ankle sprains have been altered because of the distal injury the frontal-plane stability normally supplied by this muscle is lacking and the risk for repeat injury increases Weak hip abductors are unable to counteract the lateral sway and an injury to the ankle may ensue3There is a large amount of torque put on the ankle when performing a
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