Why do I hate them?
I am playing basketball in 2 teams in Germany. I am practicing 5 to 7 times a week. Why do I do it? Because I really enjoy playing basketball and it just gives me positive energy to compete with friends. I enjoy the journey and I love the process. I have had this frequency of training ever since I was 15 years old (I am 20). I was 17 or 18 years old when I sprained my ankle the first time. I was in pain, but my coach knew what to do. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (RICE Method). I just had to rest until I was pain free and I was good to play ball again. I was doing alright for a long time but when I least expected it, it happened again. This time I sprained my ankle and tore a ligament. I was out for 6 weeks and I had to wear a cast. In this time I was thinking quite a lot. The season just ended and I had much free time. It bothered me a lot but I was ready to fight the sprains. I started to use balance exercises to prevent more injuries (Importance of balance). I was doing alright for a long time but when I enrolled in College I had less spare time to work on my ankle balance. Starting College, I sprained my ankle at least twice every season. Fortunately, it usually only took about a week to come back from the injury but it is horrible to sit outside when you want to be out there so bad. Even worse is it to be afraid of spraining the ankle every time I step on the court. It always is the right ankle that has been bothering me. That is why I hate ankle sprains.
Why say all that?
Well, I sprained my ankle just today.
I had a game and I played the whole game. 3 minutes before the game was over I jumped up for a rebound and landed on someone’s foot. The worst thing is I sprained my ankle about 3 weeks ago. I really want to put a stop to this epidemic of sprains.
What should I do?
I learn something new everyday and especially in the last months when I started my other site Gen-Fit. I understand why I sprain my ankle and what I need to do to prevent more of these sprains. I also consider buying a strong brace that can support me when I play basketball. I need to protect myself if I land on somebody’s foot (That is how all my sprains happened). That should not automatically mean I sprain my ankle. That also means I need to focus even more on strengthening my ankle with balance exercises. My ankle should not get too used to the brace and become weaker. Therefore, I shift my focus on improving my balance. I use exercises with a balance pad and elastic bands to improve my balance.
In addition to all that, I came across a technique that should help my ligaments to recover stronger. See, after a sprain I have micro tears in the ligaments and they become looser. Just like an overused rubber band. The ligaments grow back together using the path of least resistance. Therefore, the so called scar tissue grows back together weaker and more susceptible to future sprains. Now I came across cross fiber friction massage. It is a technique that is supposed to help the ligaments heal back together in the position that is most efficient in holding the bones together. It means, I help my ligaments to regenerate and become stronger. I feel confident using the technique and I hope it will help me to reduce the number of future sprains.
I am confident I will become stronger. I believe in it and I take the appropriate steps to come back ready as a stronger person, mentally and physically.
Keep chasing your dreams everyone!!
Do not led anything hold you back. This injury will not hold me back either!!