If you're a regular in the gym and haven't had your ankle mobility screened, this post is for you.
If you're a CrossFit box owner or coach who cares about your members but do not incorporate ankle mobility screening for each one of your new members, this post is also for you.
What's The Big Deal With Ankle Mobility?
In addition to forcing compensatory movement during squatting, lunging, etc., limited ankle range of motion has also been linked to injury.
Limited ankle range of motion:
How Do You Screen Your Ankle Mobility?
As you gathered from the video above, we most often see limitations when performing the ankle range of motion screen as a feeling of "tightness" in the back of your calf, or a "pinch" in the front of the ankle. We would attack these restrictions differently, so it's important to note which feeling you have when testing, and then perform the corresponding exercise for it.
1) Feeling Tightness In The Back
2) Feeling a Pinch In The Front
As always, please reach out to myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) if:
- You have any questions regarding the above info
- Feel pain when performing testing or the exercises
- Do not see improvement in your range of motion
Or comment below if you agree or disagree with anything above so we can have a discussion (and I can learn something new!).
Thanks for reading. Cheers.