Tennis Players Guide to Injuries: Ankle

What are the most common tennis injuries?

  • Ankle 24%

  • Knee 19%

  • Wrist / hand 18%

  • Shoulder 8%

  • Calf muscle group 5%

  • Foot 5%

  • Elbow 4%

Types of injuries sustained by tennis players:

  • Anterior knee pain

  • Ankle sprain (ligaments)

  • Achilles’ tendinopathy / sprain / rupture

  • Elbow / wrist tendinopathy / strain (tennis elbow)

  • Muscle strain (“pulled” muscle)

  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy

  • Stress fractures

An ankle sprain is a common tennis injury due to the requirement to move around the court quickly, needing the ability to react and change direction very suddenly. Most commonly we sprain the ligaments on the outside of our ankle, known as an inversion or lateral ankle sprain.

What is an Ankle Sprain?

An ankle sprain varies in severity and is when the ligament fibers are torn due to excessive loading or force placed onto the soft tissues.

Common symptoms: