In golf, the ankles are put under a lot of stress and as a result, ankle sprains are among the common injuries among golfers, especially amateur golfers. Faced with this problem, which can spoil the pleasure of playing for several weeks, prevention is once again, without a doubt, the simplest and most appropriate response.
Playing golf puts a lot of pressure on your ankles on many different levels.
First of all when walking on a course. Fairways are by nature stretches of grass where the ground is not perfectly flat, which obviously strains the ankles. Also, during this walk, either you carry a bag or you have to maneuver a cart and, in both cases, this can also destabilize you and cause a “misstep”.
In addition, sometimes our balls get stuck in places that force us to play in uncomfortable positions for our feet, with unusual angles. Here again, the ankles are strongly pressed by the shape and/or slope of the ground, and the swing to be executed adds to the difficulty of maintaining the balance of the posture.
Finally, the swing itself is a cause of ankle injury. It is enough to see how the foot and ankle are placed on the dominant side (to the left for right-handers and vice versa for left-handers). The position of the foot at the end of the movement usually rests largely on the outside edge of the shoe. An asynchronous or less controlled gesture, a poor weight transfer and the few more degrees of investment accumulated are at risk of causing a sprain.
For the record, inversion is the movement that causes the sole of the foot to face inward. This movement naturally stretches the outer ankle ligaments that are most often injured in the event of a sprain.
Repeated swings, with a high frequency, such as in practice, can also be sources of micro-injuries.
While ankle sprains are common in golf, not all of them are serious and dramatic. The problem may be more insidious. In fact, the game conditions and the swing itself can cause the repetition of microtraumas that, in most cases, go unnoticed. These micro-injuries gradually create fragility, in one or more