[Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries]

 

w/ Josel Peralta (Podiatrist)

 

Most ankle sprains tend to occur when the ankle has a sudden or rapid change in movement.
To help with preventing injury, I’ll be going through a couple of things that you need to be aware of next time you take the field.
Firstly, the changes in surfaces of the field are something that you need to be aware of.
Sometimes, crappy playing grounds can have crappy surfaces, harder surfaces, and divots in the grass that can make your risk of injury increased.
So the next time you take the field, I want you to make sure that you’re aware of where these divots are.
Secondly, fatigue is always a common factor for injury. Typically, when we tire out, our body and mind starts to shut off. The best thing you can do is to recognise these early symptoms and take action.
Lastly, ankle range of motion and ankle strength are both equally as important.
The stronger the muscles in the ankle and foot are, the less prone you will be to actual injury.
Or by strengthening these structures, you can actually decrease the impact of injury if it were to occur.
So now I’ll give you a little take-home exercise you can take to test your ankle strength.
Firstly, what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna want to stand on one leg like this.
After balancing yourself out, you’re gonna want to close your eyes and see if you can hold that for about 15 to 20 seconds.
If you can do this, then you’re not doing too bad.

 

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