10 Questions To Score Your Ankle Stability
Do you suffer from recurring ankle sprains or "rolled" ankles?
Since completing both a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and a Master of Physiotherapy, Tom has spent a lot of his time working as team physiotherapist for a number of sporting clubs, specializing in rehabilitation of many sports based musculoskeletal injuries.
Some of the teams worked with include:
- Cook Islands International Rugby League Team
- Wentworthville Leagues Canterbury Cup, Women’s Harvey Norman Cup and Ron Massey Rugby League teams
- Nepean United First Grade Soccer Club
- Parramatta Eels Touch Football Club
- Penrith Brothers Sydney Shield and Women’s Harvey Norman Cup Rugby League teams
Through his career, one of the most common injuries he has had to treat while on the field is ankle injuries. For an athlete, an ankle injury can mean several weeks off and would require proper injury management and rehabilitation to ensure the athlete is ready to jump back onto the field.
Why do I keep rolling my ankle?
After an ankle sprain, there can be damage to one or more of the 3 ligaments that sit on the outside of the ankle. These ligaments are known as the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL), the calcaneofibular ligament (CFL) and the posterior talofibular ligament (PTFL) and are responsible for adding increased stability in the ankle to reduce the chances of it rolling in during activity.
If not treated well, secondary issues arise and these will further increase your chances of repeated ankle sprains. These secondary issues are:
Loss of Proprioception (Balance):
When you roll your ankle, this trauma leads to the ankle losing its ability to know what position it is in when you are moving. This loss of positional awareness often leads to the ankle moving into a weaker position which can then lead to another ankle sprain.
Loss of Total Muscular Strength and Endurance:
When you have an injury, the body’s reaction is to protect the injured area until it is completely healed. Initially, protection of the injured ankle is good however if this continues too long then you lose strength and endurance through the muscles that are responsible for ankle stability. It doesn’t take long for muscles to become smaller and weaker if you don’t use them effectively!
Compensatory Movement Patterns:
Your body is very good at adapting so when you have an injury, it finds new ways to do things to avoid putting stress on the area that is injured. Again, initially having some changes in the way you move to help protect the injured area is okay but it needs to be addressed before you return to sport. If it isn’t addressed, those movement patterns can not only increase chances of further ankle injuries but injuries in different areas.
Are you someone who is always worried if you run too quickly or step on something too uneven that your ankle is going to give way?
Do the FREE checklist which will give you details on how to score and assess your ankle.
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