17 May Balancing Act: Find out Your Risk of Ankle Injury
For the weekend warriors out there, listen up! You can find out your risk of suffering an ankle injury with a simple test. Try to hold your balance on one leg with the other leg bent and eyes closed for 10 seconds to see if your ankles need to be strengthened.
In a recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, 230 high school varsity and intercollegiate athletes were asked to perform the balance task. Those who had balance problems during the drill were two and a half times more likely to suffer ankle sprains. The athletes who lost balance but didn’t tape their ankles were 9 times more likely to face an injury.
The bottom line? If you have a hard time keeping your balance during this test, incorporate balancing exercises into your every-day life to strengthen the ‘bootstrap’ muscles of your feet and ankles. A great tip: stand on one foot while you are brushing your teeth!