Are you someone who rolls their ankle each and every netball season?!
Have you ever taken the time to properly rehabilitate your ankle injury?
Unfortunately, after the first instance of ankle instability or “rolling your ankle” the ligaments in the ankle are torn to some degree and do not get replaced with lovely, shiny new ligament tissue, but scar tissue instead. Ligaments join bone to bone, and their primary role in the body is to stabilise a joint and protect it from injury. The body does it’s best at repairing the ligament after an injury but it often the ligaments remain a bit lax. This puts your ankle at further risk of another episode of instability!
The good news is that you can assist these ligaments in doing their job by training your muscles and improving the control around your injured joint. Firstly, check that your ankle mobility is up to standard by comparing it to the uninjured side, if there is a significant difference, that’s the first thing to work on. After this, you can start with basic activation of the calf muscles and smaller muscles around the ankle and foot to improve your balance.
Here is a video from Lucy about how to test for ankle instability and how to then incorporate these tests into your regular training.
If you are having issues with ankle instability, come and see us in the clinic for an individualised assessment.