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What happens when I roll my ankle?

Rolling your ankle is a common phrase that refers to an ankle sprain. A sprain is a stretching or tearing of a ligament. Ligaments are similar to a rubber band in the way they stretch. If they are overstretched, they will not return to their normal elasticity.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Training Education Program.)

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