What do Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers), and Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons) all have in common? Besides their teams being 7 games or more out of first place in their division? Well, each player injured their ankle last week. Luckily neither one broken any bones, but each did injure the ligaments, or sprain, their ankle. We have blogged about ankle sprains in the past but it is always worth revisiting. While Brandon has been taken off the court to rehabilitate his injury, Kobe played twelve minutes on Friday and may be playing again today. To complicate further complicate Kobe’s situation, he is also getting over the flu, or maybe just the flu like symptoms of a common cold.
Basketball players, professional NBA, collegiate NCAA, or high school, are all at risk of ankle injury. Even with high topped shoes to help support the ankle, the cutting, dodging and fast speeds of the game continue to put these athletes at higher risk for ankle injuries, especially sprains, than many other sports. The outside of the ankle is at the highest risk because of the limited amount of ligaments holding it together. In addition to the tendons of muscles that cause the foot to function, there are three ligaments that hold the bones of the outside ankle together. Any activity or misstep that places the ankle in a poor position with excessive stress can damage one or all of these ligaments.
Professional athlete or not, the importance of rehabilitation and protection are critical for everyone. The severity of the injury will impact the recovery, thus Brandon Knights continued absence from the game. We have to wonder if Kobe Bryant shouldn’t require a similar absence. It is important for athletes at every level to avoid the push to continue to play which can create further problems. Seek out treatment at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. We use the latest technology to identify the extent of you injury and take the proper steps to get you healed. Taking time to rest as well as intensive physical therapy are both important parts of getting you back to healthy play.
Until next time, keep those ankles happy and healthy Austin!