The study authors assessed 100 professional soccer players for ankle joint asymmetries in isokinetic muscle strength, flexibility, proprioception and stability; somatometric asymmetries; previous injuries and lateral dominance traits. The players were then followed for 10 months to determine who sustained ankle injuries. A total of 17 professional players had at least one non-contact ankle sprain.
The authors' assessment showed several factors increased the risk of non-contact ankle sprains, including ankle asymmetries, higher body mass index and higher body weight. The author concluded professional players should focus on evening the strength in both feet.
Pro Soccer Players With Asymmetrical Foot Strength at Higher Risk of Ankle SprainsWritten by Jaimie Oh | June 25, 2012
Professional soccer players who have one foot that is stronger than the other are at higher risk of ankle sprains, according to a study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
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