Tight Ankles = Bad Squatting
Here is a post from the mobility master, Kelly Starrett, and his blog mobilitywod.com from February 2012. Kelly is an expert on performance-based orthopedic sports medicine, and the founder and operator of CrossFit San Francisco. Tight ankles seem to be an issue for many…moreso for the Modig ladies who frequently wear high heels. Say what you want, they might look good, but they aren’t doing your squats any good. Enough about that, though…check out the post and video below.
Today’s mission is to explore the relationship between too tight ankles and compromised squatting. Ever wonder why people “suddenly” fall apart at the bottom of their squat right at point where they mysteriously run out of ankle range? Key idea: Mobilize at the Position of Restriction. Some of you will feel a pinch at full compression. You either didn’t wind up the ankle enough with knees out on the way down, or you’ll need to use a band or a super friend to clean up that joint capsule (search for any of the 20 ankle videos on the site).
Note how the athlete looks on the retest right before he falls over.
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