Ankle sprains are ubiquitous in the world of athletics. 10-28% of those who participate in running sports will have one at some point in their careers. A network of ligaments holds the 28 bones of the foot together. Some of these ligaments are prone to injury. A sprain is when the fibres making up a ligament are stretched. If it’s minor, with some rest and rehabilitation, they heal up quickly- 11 days. In cases of more severe stretching, fibres will tear and a longer protocol must be observed- 2-26 weeks. To avoid this type of injury, strength and stability training are the name of the game. Ensure full range of motion; strengthen your ankles with plyometrics and jump rope and avoid unnecessary pointing of the foot with weight bearing and change of direction at the same time (this is the most common mechanism of injury).