Ankle Sprains in the NBA

Catherine Logan

September 7th, 2020

Research Update…

Ankle Sprains in the NBA, 2013-2014 thru 2016-2017 Source: The American Journal of Sports Medicine, first published August 7, 2019

Clinical Question:What is the epidemiology of ankle sprains among NBA players (Level of evidence, 3).

Bottom Line: Ankle sprains affect ~26% of NBA players on average EACH season. This injury accounts for a large number of missed NBA games in aggregate.

Points to Consider: There were 796 ankle sprains among 389 players. The overall single-season risk of ankle sprain was 25.8% (95% CI, 23.9% to 28%). The majority of ankle sprains occur during games (71%) and involved a contact mechanism of injury (71.2%). Younger players and players with history of ankle sprains have elevated rates of incident ankle sprains in games.

Takeaway: Prevention programming targeted at ankle-specific injury are essential in basketball athletes.

About the Author:
Catherine A. Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT is a sports medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon and writer. Based in Denver, CO, she is an attending at Colorado Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics at Rose Medical Center. Dr. Logan is the Head League Physician for Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) member of the team physician pool for the US Ski & Snowboard teams each year. Dr. Logan completed her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and her Sports Medicine Fellowship training at the prestigious Steadman Philippon Research Institute/The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. Logan is also on the board of The Chill Foundation.