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How soon can I play sports after an ankle sprain?

Andrew S. Levy, MD
Sports Medicine
It depends on the sport, the position within the sport and how severe the sprain. Prior to being cleared to play, an athlete should be able to hop on the ball of the foot 10 times. This can be done with the ankle braced or taped. On average return is 2-6 weeks, with high ankle sprains 6-10 weeks.

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