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How To Prevent Ankle Injuries
Strengthen: Probably the best way would be to work on hamstring and quad strengthening exercises especially in the offseason the use of plyometric exercises also would be beneficial. If you have significant instability, the use of a stabiliztion brace might prevent more significant injuries. But preseason conditioning would be the key in my mind. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Prevent ACL injury: The best way to prevent ACL injuries is to stretch and strengthen the leg muscles, especially the front and back muscles of the thigh (quadriceps and hamstrings). Here are other things you can do that may help prevent ACL injuries: Avoid wearing shoes with cleats in contact sports. Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes. Avoid sports that involve lots of twisting and contact. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Preseason condition: I love football! unfortunately there are no exercises, braces, dietary supplements that can prevent injury in this game. Without a doubt the better condition you are in at the beginning and throughout the season will be helpful to get out of your stance, run, cut, make your play while hopefully avoiding injury. Aerobics, strength and flexibility are all important in injury prevention. ...Read more
See a specialist: Either a podiatrist or orthopedist. Have a complete evaluation of your foot and ankle as well as a gait exam. When you go, bring the shoes that you have been training in to be checked as well. Prevention of injury can include a combination of things - stretching, massage, physical therapy, bracing and/or shoe selection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can't.: Accidents can't be avoided, only mimimized. Sprains occur when all your weight is on one leg, the foot is in an awkward position, and the ankle is forced beyond its normal range of motion. This happens on uneven terrain so pick your trails carefully. After a sprain, an incompletely rehabilitated ankle is prone to reinjury, so physical therapy and a program of ankle strengthening is wise. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Achilles Tendonitis: The Achilles Tendon is the longest, strongest and thickest tendon in the body. Proper stretching before and after exercise and proper warm ups before exercise are essential for tendon health. Proper foot and biomechanical function, aided by the use of orthotics (arch supports) can help to prevent injury. If you have had problems in the past, it is essential you are healed before new activity ...Read more
Conditioning: Before kayaking, shoulder and upper extremity strengthening would be helpful. Stretching and limbering up the shoulders and arms before you start is good. If you need to roll the kayak, do not let your arms go behind your head, keep hands and arms in front to prevent dislocations. ...Read more
Keep thighs strong: Try to do some lunges and squats at least once a week to help strengthen your muscles around the knees. Also, be sure you have properly fitted running shoes, and it might help to have your running form checked as well. If you can vary the running surface with some on softer dirt trails, that can help. Finally, cross training by biking or swimming can allow your legs to rest and heal periodically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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