Frustrating and painful, a sports injury can put your training on hold for weeks. These simple tests reveal your injury risk and how to offset it
The most common exercise-related ankle injury is, rather unglamorously, a sprained ankle. It’s usually caused when your foot lands awkwardly, straining the ligaments on the outside of the ankle.
‘Running, tennis and aerobics classes are all common causes, and a lack of balance or stability can be a contributing element,’ says Chartered Sports Physiotherapist Nicki de Leon. Lessen your risk by ensuring you wear the correct trainers for your foot type – a good sports shop will be able to advise.
Try gait analysis to get the best trainers for you
Follow these expert tips to avoid an injury
Stand on one leg and try these exercises. Repeat on both sides.
Simple ways to protect your joints
Be injury proof
Add single-leg stability exercises to your daily routine. For example, try standing on one leg every time you brush your teeth or talk on the phone. Squats and lunges will also strengthen your glutes, which control the alignment of your lower legs and ankles.
Remedies for healthy joints
Posted: 17/09/2013 at 14:28
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