Way to prevent an ankle sprain

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Way to prevent an ankle sprain

Way to prevent an ankle sprain

Way to prevent an ankle sprain. For anyone who plays sports on a regular basis, an ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries an athlete can suffer
This often occurs when the ankle “turns in” more than it should because ligaments connect the bones of the ankle together.
When a ligament is over stretched or torn it results in a sprained ankle.

Ligaments themselves are tough bands of tissue, but when they are pulled and stretched to their limit, they can tear. If the tear is hefty enough the result is a bad sprain.

Your own flexibility, strength and good balance to the body can avert serious ankle sprains. If you lack these attributes then your GP or physiotherapist  could suggest that you tape your ankle or wear an ankle brace while working out.

What you can do to help prevent ankle sprains?

So, the big question is, how can you prevent an ankle sprain?. Whether you are involved in a solo or contact sport, ankle sprains are hard to avoid.

However, there are some simple steps you can take to help you prevent suffering a dreaded ankle sprain that can keep you away from your favourite sport for weeks depending on the severity of your injury. Here are a few steps to help you on your way

Way to prevent an ankle sprain

Stretching technic 

It’s important to remember that you should always stretch before and after you exercise. Here are some techniques you can do in your own home.

  1. First out, face a table or a wall and lean against it with your back leg straight and your front leg bent
  2. Now lean forward with your back heel on the floor until you feel a stretch or slight pull in the calf of your back leg. Now hold this position for 10 to 20 seconds.
  3. Then slightly bend your back leg while keeping both heels on the floor.
  4. Hold this stretch for 10 to 20 seconds making sure that you stretch both legs once before and after exercising.
  5. Now repeat each exercise 10 to 20 times and do each set of exercises twice to three times a day.
  6. Sports are to be enjoyed and it’s always important that you look after your body and train in a responsible manner that won’t inflict damage or injury to parts of your body.
  7. Always ensure that you stay hydrated when playing any type of sport and activity.

The key thing to remember is to stretch before and after you exercise. Any sports injury should be checked out by a qualified GP or physiotherapist who are trained to diagnose injuries.

Working out or playing on damaged ankle can lead to long term damage which may shorten your time in participating in sport. Always play it safe!

Way to prevent an ankle sprain