That Ankle Sprain affected more then just your ankle...
The Foot and Ankle in my opinion are severely under appreciated in there impact on our body, especially when it comes to restoring normal biomechanical function after an injury. Current orthopedic data estimates that there are 25,000 ankle injuries each day in the US alone. Of that 80% are inversion (supinated) ankle sprains, that's 20,000 a day and unfortunately back in 1995 I was a victim of a sprained ankle.
—most definitely you should for a few reasons.
When you workout whether it's going for a quick run, bike ride, exercise class, lifting weights or playing a game your putting the muscles under stress by contracting them.
This causes the muscles to fill with blood, produce lactic acid (by product of muscle contraction), micro tears, inflammation and causes increased tension on the body as a whole. Now I'm sure all of us want a fit & tight body but having excessive tightness is not good because it restricts the bodies ability to move easily and freely.
My body aches because I'm old!!!
Does it really though???
Ever since I got into the fitness industry back in 1999 I always hear those few famous words.
" just wait until your my age"
" you can do that because your young"
" I hurt now because I'm old"
" If only I was 30 again"
Well I'm here to give you some good news! Your age is not the reason why your body is in the shape it is in or why you have aches & pains.
The reason or answer to the above statements has more to do with;
Stretching is not just about trying to do the splits, it's about restoring the bodies ability to move. As we go about our daily life's we are constantly moving against gravity and as creatures of habit we tend to do the same things every day. Whether that means sitting at a desk all day, exercising with weights or running every day or standing on your feet all day. As a result of this repetitive motion or lack there of, the body will slowly adapts to what your doing. Some areas will get tighter from the overuse while others may get weaker.
Should I Stretch
That’s a great question and there are so many opinions out there that
say yes you should and more times than not they say no you shouldn’t because
current research show that it doesn’t help improve range of motion or reduce
your chance of injury.
Well here’s some up to date information for you
- Current research that says
you should not stretch before exercise is based on static stretching and they
are correct. Static Stretching is performed
by holding a stretch or position for a period of time and may or may not be