Hard court training

Nellie

Hall of Fame
Now that I shifted from hard-tru to hard courts, I find my ankles hurt all of the time from sudden changes in direction.

I know I could get ankle straps/wraps, but I feel this would only cover up and not cure the problem.

I do a lot of jumping and running to get into better condition and become quicker, but is there anything I can do to strenghten the angkle joint? I have been eyeing the balance boards in the gym. Thanks.
 

dman72

Hall of Fame
You probably should run and jump less, because hard courts already give you enough pounding.

I think those balance boards will help, there are also other exercises to strengthen ankles. Overall, though, hard courts bring the pain to everyone. Constant pounding on rocks is not what your body was built for, so minimize it. if you are going to run, try to do it on grass.
 

Bungalo Bill

G.O.A.T.
Now that I shifted from hard-tru to hard courts, I find my ankles hurt all of the time from sudden changes in direction.

I know I could get ankle straps/wraps, but I feel this would only cover up and not cure the problem.

I do a lot of jumping and running to get into better condition and become quicker, but is there anything I can do to strenghten the angkle joint? I have been eyeing the balance boards in the gym. Thanks.
Yes, there is. You can "write" the alphabet with each foot. You can get those thero-bands that can help you strengthen your ankles as well. However, you also need to train on the hard courts as well.

Keep your jumping and running to within reason. Like the poster said above, your body already takes a pounding on the hard courts.

Use weight lifting and the elipitcal bikes for general conditioning.
 
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