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Ankle sprains are the most common injury in sports and physical activity, estimating to be about 25% of all injuries across sports. Of all ankle injuries, 85% involve the lateral ankle ligaments. There is strong evidence suggesting you increase the risk of re-spraining your ankle two-fold within the first year of spraining your ankle. Every year in the US, lateral ankle sprain affects 2.15 of every 1,000 people which results in $2 billion of healthcare costs (1). All these costs are primarily from non-invasive treatment. We know that athletes today benefit from the best available rehab techniques and here is a statistic that proves my point: in the NBA there are approximately 100 ankle sprains per season, and in the last 11 years there have only been 4 that require surgical intervention. With the high incidence of ankle sprains and the associated economic burden and negative chronic consequences, this calls for better preventative measures. In this article, you will learn the best ankle sprain prevention exercises and how you can incorporate prehab in efforts to reduce the risk of ankle injuries!