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  • Noteworthy Injuries

Ron Gronkowski



According to the NFL injury report issued on Saturday Ron Gronkowski is active for Sunday's game after sustaining a high ankle sprain in the AFC championship.


This is one of the more notable high ankle sprains in the history of the Superbowl. There are many questions around the All-Pro pass catching tight end of the New England Patriots’ Ron Gronkowski left ankle. He sustained the injury while being tackled in the AFC championship game. Gronkowski did not return to the game. He was immediately put into a walking boot and has received treatment for the past 13 days. The team therapists were confident enough to have him run at full speed on Friday’s walk-throughs.


What effect will this have on today’s performance?
Look for the TE to be heavily taped inside his shoe and spatted (or taped on the outside of the shoe). The routes run will also be interesting to keep an eye on. “Go” routes which involve straight running will always be preferable with this injury. Hard cutting postions will be quite difficult especially towards the right where he will push off the left ankle. Look for him to line-up left and motion right for plays requiring him to cut into the middle. The Giants defense will likley key on this by the second quarter as adjustments are made. The other routes of difficulty will be “come back” routes which require Gronkowski to pivot on his left ankle. Pass blocking will remain a challenge look for him to line-up right for power formations and pass blocking schemes.


When a high ankle sprain is diagnosed the doctor will determine if the injury is stable or unstable.


Stable injuries are the less severe high ankle sprains when the placement of the tibia and fibula stays in normal posture. Unstable high ankle sprains occur when two or all three syndesmotic ligaments are torn and the tibia and fibula are free to move around.


Unstable injuries require more treatment, and even surgery. During the surgery one or two screws are inserted in the lower leg for a few months (usually three) or until the ligaments have repaired and are able to hold the bones in the normal anatomical position. If surgery is needed, recovery can take 6 months or longer.







Ben Wobker, PT, MSPT, CSCS


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Orthopedic Physical Assessment, 4th Edition. David J. Magee, 2006









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