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What causes an ankle sprain?

Ankle sprains occur when the foot twists, rolls, or turns beyond its normal motions. This causes the ankle ligaments to stretch beyond their normal range into an abnormal position. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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