Ankle Sprain (Skiing)

THE INJURY: Ankle Sprain

THE FALLEN: Snowboarders, telemark skiers

THE INCIDENT: With feet comfortably encased in soft boots, the victim-to-be plants an edge–the wrong edge–and falls in one direction while his board shoots off in the other.

THE WORKOUT: To regain flexibility, slowly trace an imaginary alphabet with the big toe.   Shore up the weak spot with calf raises (lifting up on your tiptoes) and this exercise for the tibialis anterior (the shin muscle): Sitting with your legs extended in front of you, loop a towel over your toes and push your forefoot against the resistance.   Do three sets of 20.

Foley, Kevin. (1999, January).  Down, but Not Out.   Outside page 92