Our bodies can be tired, and the cold weather makes warming-up a bit if a drag, let alone stretching and warming down. If you are carrying an injury, and just hoping to make it through the next few weeks, then don’t underestimate the importance of a proper warm-up with appropriate stretching. Make sure any braces or strapping are applied with extra care.
A sprain is defined as the stretching or tearing of a ligament. A ligament is a connective tissue which holds bones together, and stabilises a joint. Therefore an ankle sprain not only causes pain and swelling, but it results in ankle instability, meaning re injury is likely if not treated properly.
The Achilles tendon is at the back of the ankle, and is placed under a lot of stress during jumping and landing activities. If an acute injury is not addressed early, Achilles tendinopathy can become a chronic injury.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) strain
The role of the ACL is to stabilise the joint, and to prevent rotation through the knee. It is often damaged in sports with twisting, landing and quick deceleration.
Living with Injuries
There are many ways in which you prevent or manage the above injuries, however professional help and advice should always be sought for peace of mind, and to help avoid permanent damage.
• Proper warm-up and stretching, including warm-down after activity
• Wearing the correct footwear
• Proper management and rehabilitation following injury
• Protective gear e.g.ankle brace, knee brace, if required.