An acute injury is generally caused as a result of landing on the outside of the foot, which itself is caused by disrupted balance. For example by landing on another player’s foot. The injury is caused by the straining of the tissue on the outside of the ankle, and the overcompression of the tissue on the inside of the ankle. The main symptoms are acute pain, swelling and reduced ability of the affected ankle to support your weight. If the ankle is in a strange position, or can bear no weight whatsoever, it is wise to have an X-ray examination. This will make it possible to diagnose whether the ankle is in fact broken. In most cases the injury concerns an ankle sprain.
The acute ankle injury is the most commonly occurring sport injury. To prevent recurrence or worsening of an ankle injury, it has been scientifically proven that wearing an ankle brace or tape is worthwhile.