Back in 2015 I suffered one of the worst ankle injuries that anyone could probably have.
Seriously, I wrecked my ankle.
I tore the ligaments on both sides of my ankle, fractured my ankle bone, and dealt with a massive bone bruise on the inside of the area.
All of this happened because I attempted to block a shot in practice on a fast break 4 days before the first game of the season! Yes, that was a bad idea.
But, I learned a lot from this experience!
I was out of basketball for over 6 months due to this injury, and learned a lot about both my body and mind.
Amongst the many ways I grew as a person and an athlete from this injury, learning about how to improve my ankle health and stability is certainly one of the main goals I accomplished!
These tips will help improve your ankle health whether you have suffered an injury as I did, or you are looking to prevent one!
Prioritize Single Leg Exercises for Ankle Health
Before my ankle injury I would do some Bulgarian Split Squats just because I knew they were good for my legs athletically, but I can’t say I ever truly made an effort to work on 1 leg stability exercises.
I was always a huge believer in squats and deadlifts, but the “little” exercises always got skipped in my routine.
Well, after 6 months of retraining my legs to work properly I am no longer in that mind frame!
If you are not a professional athlete I don’t think you will need to do the intense single leg training that I was doing for months on end, but adding in single leg deadlifts, step ups, Bulgarian split squats, and other single leg exercises can quickly improve the health of your ankles!
Use an Ankle Brace or Ankle Sleeve When Necessary!
I’m still not a person who plays with an ankle brace because I think that they are uncomfortable, but especially while I was recovering I was often wearing a compression sleeve on my ankle for some extra stability and to increase blood flow and circulation.
If you would like to find an excellent ankle brace, you can check out this guide to the top 10 ankle braces and sleeves!
I especially like ankle sleeves because they are not bulky, but do provide some much-needed additional support for your ankle.
I would even wear certain ankle sleeves while just walking around for my daily tasks!
Ankle sleeves can easily be worn on any regular shoes, so there is no excuse not to wear them if you already have an ankle injury! If you are going to be playing a sport with a lot of jumping, running, or cutting, there is a good chance you need some additional ankle support as well!
If you use these two tips, I am sure that your ankles will stay healthy, and become healthier than ever before!
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