As previously mentioned, there are four main ligaments that help keep the knee stable. We discussed ACL tears (probably the most talked about knee injury). Now we discuss injuries to the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL).
Let’s take a mini break from talking about knee ligaments, and discuss another important structure of the knee; the MENISCUS also known as, knee cartilage and the shock absorbers. Our knees can take a constant pounding from running and jumping. The reason we don’t buckle and fall to the ground or have problems in other areas of our body such as the hip and back is because, the meniscus is able to absorb the force and prevent or decrease that force affecting any of the aforementioned body areas
THE KNEE. For anyone who is physically active, and have been so for an extended period of time, they may have encountered an issue with this joint. The knee plays an intricate role in our ambulation (ability to walk) and ability to run. When there is damage to the knee, individuals may experience pain and decrease in functionality with activities of daily living.
As we round out this month’s topic, we discuss an injury to the muscles that move the ankle. First, let’s revisit what a strain is. A strain is an over-stretch of a muscle or tendon. Tendons connect muscle to bone. When a muscle is stretched beyond its capacity, the fibers that make up the muscle tear, causing a strain. The muscles that move the ankle are in the front, back, and outside of ankle. The muscles that are commonly strained in the ankle are the muscles on the lateral (outside) of the ankle. Those muscles are called the peroneals.
If you’ve ever watched sports, you may have heard the term high ankle sprain. When I first heard it, I thought, how could you have a high ankle sprain? What is that? I didn’t know there was a high and a low ankle lol. Years later, while studying athletic training in undergrad, I learned the true definition
CRACK!!!! That unnerving sound. Anyone who’s broken a bone before may know that sound all too well. Even if you have simply witnessed a fracture, you may be familiar with that sound as well. Side note: a fracture and a break are the same thing. So, with that, our third topic for common ankle injuries in the physically active is…ankle fractures.
So far, we’ve discussed cold weather injuries, common heart conditions, Athletic Training as a profession, and common foot injuries; relative to athletes and the physically active. We will continue with the lower body and discuss common injuries to the ankle. To begin things, probably the most common out of all the ankle injuries and arguably the most common injury in athletics, will be discussed. The ANKLE SPRAIN!!
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