“4 Tips to Get the Most Out of This Netball Preseason”
Netball is a sport that involves a lot of running, jumping, and quick changes of direction. As such, it’s important for netball players to take good care of their feet and ankles during preseason to prevent injuries and ensure they’re ready for the upcoming season. Here are some tips for what to do during preseason of netball, from a podiatry perspective:
- Get a foot assessment: Before preseason begins, consider getting a foot and ankle assessment from a podiatrist. We can evaluate your foot structure and mechanics, and identify any potential issues that could affect your performance or increase your risk of injury.
- Invest in good footwear: Appropriate, proper footwear is essential for netball players. Look for shoes that provide good support, stability, and shock absorption. It’s also important to replace your shoes regularly, as worn-out shoes can increase your risk of injury.
- Incorporate foot and ankle exercises: Preseason is a great time to work on strengthening your feet and ankles. Consider incorporating exercises like calf raises, ankle circles, and toe curls into your routine. These exercises can help improve your balance, stability, and overall foot and ankle strength.
- Gradually increase your training load: It’s important to gradually increase your training load during preseason, to avoid overuse injuries like stress fractures and tendonitis. Start with low-intensity workouts and gradually increase the duration and intensity of your training sessions over time.
By following these tips, netball players can help prevent injuries and ensure they’re ready to perform at their best during the upcoming season. If you experience any foot or ankle pain or discomfort during preseason, don’t hesitate to consult one of our friendly podiatrists for further evaluation and treatment