Netball is one of the most popular sports in Australia, with more than 1.2 million* of us participating annually. Whether you play casually or you’re on a team, ankle injuries during netball are extremely common. This is how to avoid them.
Ankle injuries during netball
Netball is full of explosive changes in motion like running, jumping and twisting. And it's those movements that lead to so many ankle injuries.
In fact, it's estimated that 85 per cent of all injuries that occur while playing netball, are to the ankle.
The most common type of injury is when the ligaments are stretched or torn from unusual ankle rolls, ankle twists, ankle turns. It causes pain, swelling and limited range of motion.
This is how to avoid them
1. Warm Up & Cool Down
Warming up before exercise is undeniably important. Experts recommend dynamic warm ups rather than static, to ensure that the muscles in your body are ready for activity. Examples of dynamic exercises you could do are butt kicks, knee ups and leg swings.
Cooling down after exercise not only improves flexibility, but it also prevents injury. Use appropriate stretching when cooling down to loosen the muscles in your body, reducing the risk of post exercise pain and injury.
2. Use braces or support.
Wearing a brace or support can help prevent ankle injury while still allowing full movement during netball. It also helps increases blood circulation, improve muscle stability and support general movement of the ankle.
Selecting the best ankle brace or support for netball can be a challenge. After all, it is important for it to be stable and sturdy to provide a custom relief without causing discomfort or limiting movement.
Bauerfeind Sports Ankle Support gives netball players the confidence to commit their 100% while keeping their ankles free from injury. It is specifically designed for ankle stability and ligament support in high intensity sports such as netball.
Bauerfeind Sports Ankle Support is nothing short of a game changer when it comes to being a great support to prevent common netball injuries.
While prevention is ideal, it is understandable that injuries happen. For netball players who suffer regular ankle injuries, relief and recovery are possible with Bauerfeind’s range of MalleoTrain Braces.
For a mild ankle injury, the MalleoTrain Ankle Support is the way to go.
For a moderate to severe ankle injury, the MalleoTrain Plus Ankle Support is the way to go.
A netball shoe is specifically designed to lower your foot to the ground, lowering your centre of gravity to reduce instability. They also have features designed to adapt to a sudden change in direction, preventing unwanted ankle sprains.
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