Play netball and basketball? Sprained Your Ankles? Next Stop ACL?

ACL injuries are incredibly common, and incredibly serious, taking up to a year to recover (or in some cases not recovering at all). Ankle sprains are the most common injury suffered in most sports. Spraining your ankle and not recovering fully may predispose you to having an ACL tear…

After ankle injuries, especially in teenagers, it is common to see a change in the patients walking and running pattern, in the form of a limp. What often happens, is that this limp goes undiagnosed and ignored for a long time, and the athlete carries this inefficiency in their running and walking as they get older. They become elite at compensating…

What does this look like? You will see that the affected foot lands more underneath the centre of the body, often the feet can clip together. This narrow step pattern turns the person into an object with the stability of a ten pin bowling pin…i.e not very stable. Introduce sporting competition, high speeds, heavy landings, and all of a sudden this way of moving is putting you at risk on an ACL injury…

So, what can be done? It’s quite simple. Address the problem of your landing and running with such a narrow step. Figuring out which muscles should be taking the brunt of your weight when landing, and addressing the asymmetries you have carried over since you sprained your ankle. Get the big muscles of your leg doing their job, and your landing improves immediately…

Don’t be another statistic!

 

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