4 Ways to Prevent One of the Most Common Injuries in Sports


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According to a press release by 180 Communications, “Ankle sprains top the list of the 10 most common injuries in any sport, accounting for 1 million injuries annually and costing more than $2 billion in treatment. While ankle sprains are not life-threatening injuries, they do require ample recovery time and are the cause for players being sidelined from the game on a daily basis.”

Fortunately, there are some tips athletes; coaches, trainers and parents of athletes can take into consideration to help players stay in the game. Dr. Barry Katz, developed a groundbreaking ankle support technology, which he incorporated into the Ektio shoes, which are specifically designed to combat ankle injuries in the game by providing the highest level of ankle support. As former basketball player and current orthopedic radiologist, Dr. Katz is well versed in ankle injuries and shared a few preventative measures to help avoid ankle injuries.

 1. Warm Up and Cool Down

Engaging in a regular warm up and cool down is essential for athletes of all sports. Having a regular routine is critical to avoiding injuries because it allows the body to gradually work up to a high intensity level of play.  Allowing time for a light jog and stretching is highly recommended to get the blood circulating and avoiding injuries.

 2. Condition the Muscle Around the Ankle

The muscles around the ankle are a major support system and are often put under a great deal of stress. Strengthening those muscles by regularly performing exercises will help stabilize the ankle when an athlete is put an ankle sprain prone situation. Some of the best exercises to perform include: standing jump squats, calf raises and plyometric training.

 3. Wear Proper Shoes

Searching for the proper shoe can be a time consuming process, but every athlete is built different so finding a supportive shoe is essential to avoiding injury. The Ektio shoes are highly sought after because they provide support that is unrivaled by traditional athletic footwear, but still allow the athlete to have a full range of motion.

 4. Avoid Rough or Uneven Playing Surfaces

Uneven playing surfaces are a major contributor to many ankle injuries. Avoiding rough terrain and finding a surface that provides stability is key for athletes. However, if you’re planning on engaging in a high-level of activity on a uneven surface, then it is recommend that you train on that surface to prepare your body for potential hazards.

About christine

Christine started running in 1999 and five months later finished the Vancouver Marathon in a qualifying time for Boston. A year later Christine completed a 50 kilometre ultra marathon in Victoria, B.C., gaining more confidence with a second place finish while her passion for the sport grew. Christine is an avid high performance runner who started the Run Club at the City of Richmond. From there she went on to teach faculty and students at the UBC Athletics Department with a Half Marathon Clinic - eights years and counting. This lead to Christine hosting BC’s only Running, Fitness and Health Show on Shaw TV “Run With It”. Christine is the creator, producer, and host of B.C.’s only Running, Fitness and Health show on Shaw Television called Run With It, which is now in its second season. Christine is a television running celebrity, 33,000 views per month and growing. Her interview subjects range from amateur and professional athletes, coaches and managers, to music celebrities and actors, the theme being fitness and health. Run With It calls on Canadians to engage in physical fitness and promotes physical literacy, targeting all ages. Christine is also a nationally published health and fitness writer. She writes weekly columns for both the Richmond Review in B.C. and The Sherbrooke Record, Quebec’s second largest English language newspaper. In addition, Christine does radio commentaries on running tips with CJMQ 88.9 fm in Quebec. She has been interviewed by mainstream media, while my stories have been printed nationally. Christine has written stories for The Seattle Times, The Vancouver Sun, Canadian Running Magazine, Huffington Post, Women's National Post, Optimyz Magazie, iRun Magazine and Get Out There Magazine.
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