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Lakartidningen. 2002 Sep 5;99(36):3486-9.

[Ankle braces prevent ligament injuries].

[Article in Swedish]

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  • 1Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset/Ostra, G├Âteborg.


The Cochrane collaboration has performed a meta-analysis of all studies found on the prevention of ankle ligament injuries, frequent in sports like soccer, European handball and basketball. Interventions include the use of modified footwear and associated supports, training programmes and health education. Five randomized trials totalling 3,954 participants were included. With the exception of ankle disc training, all prophylactic interventions entailed the application of an external ankle support in the form of a semi-rigid orthosis, air-cast or high top shoes. The studies showed a significant reduction in the number of ankle sprains in individuals allocated to external ankle support. This reduction was greater for those with a previous history of ankle sprains.

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