Before we get to the reasons you’re still in pain after all this time. I’m going to tell you a story and question at least the last 15-20 years of treatment for shin splints pain. In my view, over pronation is an old fashioned, poorly constructed theory for why shin splints develops. It causes tunnel vision and prevents us as practitioners and our patients from doing the necessary work to uncover the truth.
Mindset, again. I’ve become interested recently in the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset. (Ben Bergeron, Pursuit of Excellence podcasts, obsessed) Basically, having a fixed mindset means that you resign yourself to the fact that you / a situation is always going to be a certain way and that you have no power to change it, so why bother. Having a growth mindset means you see things as ever changing and that just because something is this way NOW, does not mean its that way forever, and it is completely within your control to bend what initially may seem like the confines of your situation and potentially change the outcome completely.
As the forgotten and neglected uncle of the leg family, the ankle is a joint as detailed as any in the body. Containing 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons it's clearly not as simple as it may look.
Add in the fact, that it takes on massive forces with landing exercises such as box jumps, cleans, snatches and many other movements found in CrossFit and Olympic Lifting, it's commonly the undiscovered culprit of injuries to the knee, hip and back.
Just like your favourite winter jacket, you expect it to be ready to go all the time and act like new, with years of abuse and little to no care or love.
What we need is a concoction of mobility drills, proprioceptve drills and stability drills to nail all facets, important in getting our ankle ready for training.
It’s that time of the year again. Football pre-season is upon us, so what can we do to complement our training to optimise power and speed on the field? Undoubtedly your pre-season training will consist primarily of aerobic training and ball work, however, power development is often overlooked at the local level.
Building power in the athlete is beneficial on many levels. Increasing power will allow you to jump higher, kick further, break tackles and burst through packs.
Power is defined as strength multiplied by speed. Heavy compound exercises followed by explosive movements have been demonstrated to improve power and performance in athletes of various sports.
Exercises need to be transferable to the game and requirements of AFL. Developing power within relevant movement patterns is essential for game day performance.
At this stage of training, it is desirable to build a solid strength base for future training. The focus will be on strength and speed in order to develop power.