Rory McIlroy's Injury
What did Rory do?
Rory ruptured the anterior Talofibular ligament in his ankle. This ligament is on the outside of the ankle, and it restricts forward movement of the joint and resist rolling of the ankle.
How serious was the injury?
This injury can take between 4 and 12 weeks to heal. The timeframe depends on the level of instability in the joint and the healing rate of the individual. With the ligament totally ruptured, there can be some excessive movement of the ankle joint, which can result in long term joint issues.
How did Rory get back playing so quickly?
Initially Rory stabilised the injury with a boot.
He would have begun Cryotherapy to bring down any swelling
There would have been Intensive hands-on Physiotherapy treatment on his ankle
Rory would have performed lots of proprioception (balance) work to improve his stability. This is important for a golf swing, as there is a transfer of weight from one ankle to the other.
All of this work resulted in Rory returning to action at the USPGA competition much earlier than expected