The 2020 AFL Grand Final is rapidly approaching, and the team here at SynxBody can’t wait to see Richmond and Geelong battle it out for the premiership this Saturday. Even though the 2020 AFL Season went slightly ‘off-script,’ SynxBody recommends that avid players of the Australian game should stick to their regularly scheduled training and recovery, as prescribed by their podiatrist, of course.
AFL games are incredibly taxing on the body. Players typically run an average of 9-20 kilometres per game, which unsurprisingly, puts their feet through high levels of stress. Nor can we forget to mention the strain repeated kicking, jumping, and sprinting places on a player's lower limbs and ligaments.
Each year the AFL releases data on the season’s injuries and to no surprise, foot, ankle and lower limb injuries top the lists. Plantar fascia ruptures became the AFL's most recurrent injury in 2018, at a staggeringly high rate of 67% (ouch!). The recurrence of plantar fascia pain also jumped to 25 per cent, with ruptures and pain in this area registered at zero per cent in 2017.
But why is this? Well, the most common reasons for plantar fascia injuries and pain are attributed to playing footy on hard surfaces and wearing ill-fitting footwear.
Although players typically walk away from a game with their feet battered, bruised and worse for wear, there are a number of ways to maintain your foot health during footy season to avoid these much-dreaded injuries. Wondering what they are? All you need to do is read on to find out SynxBody’s top tips to maintain your foot health during training and finals.
Warm up and cool down properly. Keeping your muscles limber, stretched, and strengthened prevents injuries occurring during and after games. Incorporating stretching into your pre-game warm-ups, and post-game cool downs is the golden ticket to maintaining good foot and ankle health.
To celebrate the 2020 AFL Grand Final, SynxBody is offering 20% off all online purchases made from Friday, October 23rd to Friday, October 30th, 2020, when the discount code GRANDFINAL2020 is entered at the checkout.
No matter who takes home the gold, your feet will be the real winners thanks to this gift from us to you! Get in quick though, as this is a limited-time offer only.
Click below to hear our CEO, Rachael Ferguson, run through SynxBody's top tips to maintaining your foot health as an athlete.
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