How To Prevent An Ankle Sprain!

By: Coach Rocky

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in basketball and the fact that many players fail to take ankles serious continues to blow my mind.

In today's post we will talk about strengthening your ankles for basketball and essentially preventing an ankle sprain.

Knees and ankles are two of the primary causes of missed time for many young players. Basketball is a rigorous sport because of all the sprinting, running, and jumping.

This leads to a ton of stress on all of your lower body joints such as your ankles and knees. In the video above I will show you some great exercises that you can do that will help you prevent ankle sprains.

Should I Wear Ankle Braces?

Ankle braces should only be used after a player experiences an ankle injury and is still trying to play. If you recently have hurt your ankle and you still have to play through it with a weak ankle then you should apply a brace for the extra support.

However, if you wear ankle braces when you don’t have an injury, your ankles become dependent on the braces making them very weak.

So strengthen your ankles with the exercises above and then play without any ankle braces on to assure that your ankles stay strong.

When To Do The Ankle Exercises?

These exercises should be done during the dynamic warm up before any training session. Another cool thing about these exercises is that they can be done anywhere, so even if you are in the house you can do them.

What else can I do?

Along with these exercises, it’s really important to rest a lot (more than you think) ice your joints to prevent inflammation, foam-roll your muscles to prevent tightness and then stretch those muscles out. Especially your calves, which get really tight in basketball players.

Remember there is nothing more important to a basketball player than their health. I don’t care how hard you train, if you aren’t healthy then you won’t be able to perform at your best.

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