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"International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health"

2017, Vol. 4, Issue 6, Part D

Assessing the level of knowledge on the morphology and causes of ankle injury among adolescent boys football players in Njala town


Author(s): Alpha Bassie Mansaray, Adikali Kaba Sesay and Abil Beken

Abstract: The research assessed the knowledge of adolescent boys; football players in Njala town, southern Sierra Leone on the morphology and causes of ankle injury. Fifty boys, who were adolescents school footballers participated in the research. All the players were given a questionnaire to complete.
The function of the ankle in the human anatomy cannot be overemphasized; it helps to support the whole weight of the body and is thus quite prone to injury. The players were asked about their knowledge of ankle morphology and injury against the background of ankle injury being more common in football. The study revealed that pupils could not clearly identify the morphology, suitability of the ankle and causes for ankle injury in football.
Tripping or falling, landing awkwardly after a jump from heading a ball, walking or running on uneven football pitches, twisting or rotating the ankle, rolling the ankle and unsuitable footwear were identified as causes for ankle injury. Home treatment, taping, surgery and proprioception were identified as possible treatments for ankle injury.
Demographic data and data for knowledge of ankle morphology and injury were entered into the SPSS software and analyzed using descriptive statistics and bivariate correlation. It was observed that the players had a moderate knowledge of ankle morphology and its injury. It was recommended that players learn about sport injuries by attending sport medicine and first aid courses or seminars, perform warm up exercises before any game, land with their knees bent after a jump, cool down after rigorous training, play on soft surfaces like turfs, wear shoes that fit properly and absorb shock.


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Alpha Bassie Mansaray, Adikali Kaba Sesay and Abil Beken. Assessing the level of knowledge on the morphology and causes of ankle injury among adolescent boys football players in Njala town. International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health. 2017; 4(6): 203-207.
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