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08 September 2011

Rugby foot and ankle injuries

The ankle is in many ways a mechanical miracle. It is flexible and resilient, is a good shock absorber, serves as a foundation and propels you forward.

The ankle is in many ways a mechanical miracle. It is flexible and resilient, is a good shock absorber, serves as a foundation and propels you forward. It carries the weight of the entire body. It can sustain huge pressure, while providing the body with mobility, balance and support.

There are numerous injuries that can be sustained by the foot and ankle. Sprains and strains commonly occur. Backs are vulnerable to ankle injuries as a result of running, swerving and side-stepping at speed. So are hookers, locks and loose forwards.

  • Rapidly increasing running distance or speed. It is therefore common amongst backs
  • Adding hill running to training routine
  • Starting too quickly after a break from exercise (This occurs frequently at the beginning of the rugby season when there is a sudden increase in activity)
  • Sudden contraction of the calf muscles such as during a final sprint
  • Overuse resulting from a lack of flexibility in the calf muscles

 
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