Basketball ankle injuries are the most likely way that you’ll be hurt playing basketball. In fact, over 40% of injuries that occur when playing basketball are either injuries to the ankle or foot, and there any many factors which increase the rate of injury such as what type of footwear a player wears:
The problem lies with the fact that the foot and ankle is relatively weak compared with the rest of the body, and you are playing on a hard surface, changing direction constantly, and playing in close contact with other players who are constantly stepping on others’ feet.
Solution #1 – Ankle Braces
After you have had many injuries, you can wear an ankle brace. One of the best basketball players of all time wears an ankle brace every game because he has had so many ankle injuries – Stephen Curry, as you can see in the video above. He wears a stiff brace but there are also medium and light support braces that are effective (depending on your injury), like those at:
He wears a stiff ankle brace that protects his ankle from injury while also allowing him the flexibility to play to the best of his ability.
Solution #1 – Strengthen Ankles
The best thing you can do for your game and your ankles is first to strengthen your ankles. You can do toe raises, and ankle circles, engaging the muscles that support the ankle. Even after injury, physiotherapy is effective.
To get the correct exercises, it is important to consult a health professional to make sure that your ankles are properly strengthened against the wear and tear they will encounter in a basketball game.