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Ankle Mobility Drills | Boddicker Performance

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Ankle Mobility Drills

by on Dec 8th, 2009

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I’ve recently had several discussions regarding the ankle mobilization in my Alleviating Ailing Ankles article that uses a posterio-anterior force on the tibia.

One major topic that arises is Bill Hartman’s use of a lifting strap to apply a posterior force on the fibula and mine is seemingly opposite…

So what’s the deal?  What’s “best”?

Honestly, they are complementary,
and, by virtue, there is no "best" option.

Bill's technique is aimed at tracking the fibula posteriorly, which must
occur in dorsiflexion or the syndesmosis can be damaged or range of motion
is limited.  In regards to the exercise presented in my article, the force
is in place to pull the tiba anteriorly on the talus, which is also
necessary to attain good dorsiflexion ROM.

An advantage I see with Bill's technique is that it also provides
stabilization for the talus, which often is thrown out of whack with ankle
injuries.  Typically, you'll see the dysfunctional ankle exhibit the talus
moving anteriorly and superiorly in the ankle mortise during dorsiflexion.
By providing that anterior buttress, perhaps we are preventing some
degree of anterior talus migration.

I'm using both right now and seeing some good things.  I'll let you know
if I discover one works better than the other.

Best regards,
Carson Boddicker
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  • Jeff Cubos December 8, 2009

    The above seems similar to the Mulligan Mobilization with Movement approach, although, like yourself, they aim to mobilize the tibia in an anterior direction.

    Just goes to show that there is no “cookie cutter” approach.

    Regardless the head instructor for the seminar I attended this past weekend stressed that we should strive to be chefs not cooks!

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