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Treating Excessive Pronation in Football Players

June 22, 2016  /  11:22 AM

Over-pronation makes football players more susceptible to imbalance and lack of strength. An inefficient gait will impact their agility, balance, and ability to excel. A well-supported player will enjoy better balance, strength, and endurance and reduce the possibility of injury.

By some estimates, 77% of the population over-pronates during walking and running, to some degree.  Those who over-pronate are 1) more susceptible to foot/ankle injury, like ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis and 2) are putting the entire body at risk. After all, with the body’s foundation (the feet) compromised–unable to do its primary jobs of providing stability and managing shock–the joints, muscles and bones up above become unstable.  Muscle imbalances may include: Tibialis Posterior, Flexor Digitorum Longus and Brevis, Flexor Hallucis Longus and Brevis, Peroneus Longus, Abductor Hallucis, Soleus, Gastrocnemius, Adductor Hallicus.

Goals:

Decreased risk of injury; improved agility, balance, strength and endurance.

Activity:

Running, jumping, pivoting.

  • step 1

    Manipulation of the involved biomechanical subluxations.

    <p>Manipulation of the involved biomechanical subluxations.</p>
  • step 2

    Strengthen ankle, knee and hip muscles.

    <p>Strengthen ankle, knee and hip muscles.</p>
  • step 3

    Fit for custom-made flexible orthotics to control pronation.

    <p>Fit for custom-made flexible orthotics to control pronation.</p>

Pat Kennedy

Doctor of Chiropractic

Based in Salem, Virginia, Dr. Pat Kennedy has worked with weekend athletes all the way to professional and Olympic Athletes. He is a University of Florida alum, where he swam on scholarship all four years. Dr. Kennedy graduated from Texas Chiropractic College, where he met his wife, Dr. Mia Kennedy.