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Ultimate Ankle Strength

December 31, 2009

In training for Ultimate, we often dedicate much of our time to training our energy systems (cardio-respiratory fitness) and muscle systems (posterior chain work with deadlifts and the like), but arguably undertrain our feet / ankles, our hands (grip strength), and our eyes (sports vision).

This video, a UltiTraining.com exclusive, demonstrates some basic and advanced ankle mobility / flexibility, balance and strength drills (courtesy of Z-Health performance systems).

Train your ankles (appropriately) in the off-season and they’ll be better off when you cleat up (restricting their movement) and get ready for the Game. For optimal results, please consult with your local strength coach / CK-FMS / Z-certified movement professional.

And Happy Gregorian New Year =)

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Leslie Wu permalink
    December 31, 2009 11:22 pm

    Also see Eric Cressey’s article on ankle mobility:

    http://ericcressey.com/the-importance-of-ankle-mobility

    and the wall ankle mobilization

    http://ericcressey.com/exercise-of-the-week-wall-ankle-mobilization

  2. Mers permalink
    January 1, 2010 10:59 pm

    Thanks for these. I had a serious ankle sprain during the middle of last season that took a long time to heal, and I still don’t have 100% mobility back despite physio and regularly doing the exercises prescribed. I’ve been looking for some more advanced exercises to ease into.

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