What precautions should my teenager take to avoid re-injuring the ankle he sprained last year?
Athletes who sprain their ankles are indeed vulnerable to future ankle injuries. In fact, 60 percent of all sports ankle sprains are re-injuries, resulting from inappropriate rehabilitation or no rehabilitation at all.
As parents, we have the final say on when our children resume playing sports after an injury. Remember to tune the instrument before you play it. After getting the OK from your foot and ankle surgeon, follow with a comprehensive ankle rehab program, consider bracing or taping your son's ankle for protection, and talk with his coach about potential skill loss that may have showed up. With expert care, sports can be enjoyed for a lifetime—even after injuries.