If swimming is not a sport for traumatic joints, swimmers are often athletes who practice other sports that could cause injury to the ankle. During the recovery period, it does not necessarily need to say stop swimming. It is perfectly possible to continue to swim if you follow the following tips.

Swimming and ankle injury

Swimming and ankle injury DR

The method GREEK

If ankle injury, either a sprain or strain, it is possible to relieve pain by applying the GREC method (also known as RICE method): Rest Ice Compression Elevation. Thus, in case of injury of the ankle, remember to apply ice to rest your foot, raise it and compressing the wound with a bandage or an ankle. It is not a silver bullet but rather simple gestures to adopt to promote the recovery of your ankle. Depending on the severity, it is best to consult a doctor. If a simple sprain does not require special attention, a sprain can however turn into chronic sprain if improperly treated.

Why swimming?

Being a sports focused not violate the joints, swimming is often recommended after muscle injury. Water places the body in a substantially weightless position, thus avoiding the impact with the ground. The pool rehabilitation is also common practice to learn to walk. In the water, you're not afraid to fall, your body feels lighter and you relax making the most effective exercises. For those addicted to the sport, know that it is possible to go swimming immediately after an ankle injury. However, it must respect some rules and stop as soon as the slightest pain we feel.

Good to know

Although swimming has many benefits, it must still exercise caution in case of injury to the ankle. No way to swim with fins or make a series of beats. The ideal is to trap a pull-buoy between your legs and move in crawl only the strength of your arms. Keep them as possible immobile legs. Breaststroke is also not recommended because it requires much ankles. Same backstroke. Swim with a pull-buoy and focus on arm movements. If you do not want to swim, you can perform strengthening exercises without going against the force of the water. Go gently at risk of aggravating the injury.

Also try our tips for warming up before a swim in order to avoid injury.