Is it really tight?

The body is very good at fooling us

 

Let us see what we want to see

 

And it can be a long way from the actual truth

 

Lets have a look at the ankle for instance

 

One of the measurements we regularly look at with our bowlers is their ankle dorsiflexion range, doing the basic knee to wall test (although it can also be done with the compass app on your phone)

 

As well as looking at overall range we also want left and right to be fairly symmetrical

 

But bowling being bowling this can be tough, and the front foot (left for right hand bowlers) is generally down on range compared to the other side

 

But when doing the testing look all around it

 

And watch the player closely to make sure they are being pretty strict with it

 

This is where you can get false readings as well, which could send you off down a rabbit hole that the player doesn’t actually need to go

 

So they could do the test standing and the score be pretty low, say around 3-5cm (ideally you want to be looking at 10cm from the wall as a good baseline)

 

But here is where you can look deeper

 

Do the score again but this time in a half kneeling position

 

If the score is the same you know you have a locked up ankle

 

But if the range is more when kneeling then you can take out the ankle as an issue and start to look around more for where the blockage is occurring

 

The hips and ankle vibe off each other, and you can bet that the hip range would be down if this is the case

 

And look for general motor control patterns and stability around the core and pelvis

 

If this is missing then the hip and ankle wont play ball with mobility

 

So bashing the ass out of the ankle hoping to increase range would be not wise, and lead to more problems that you already have

 

Follow the patterns and listen to the body

 

Make sure its not lying to you!

 

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Think smartly

 

Dewsy