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Case study on Andrew Flintoff. Background information on Ankle Sprain which Andrew Flintoff is suffering from Ankle sprain

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Case study on Andrew Flintoff Background information on Andrew Flintoff Full name: Andrew Flintoff Born: December 6, 1977, Preston, Lancashire Age: 29 years Sex: Male Major teams: England, ICC World XI, Lancashire Nickname: Freddie Batting style: Right-hand bat Bowling style: Right-arm fast Height: 6 ft 4 in Education: Ribbleton Hall High school Andrew Flintoff, MBE, was born 6 December 1977, Preston, Lancashire. He is a cricketer who plays for Lancashire and England. A tall (6' 4") fast bowler, aggressive batsman and fine fielder, he is seen as one of the best players in the modern game, and one of the few genuine all-rounders in the international game at the present time. His nickname "Freddie" or "Fred" comes from the similarity between his surname and that of Fred Flintstone. Since making his Debut in 1998, Flintoff has been an integral player, and has both captained and vice-captained the team. He has been plagued with injuries due to his bowling action, and in late 2007 a fourth ankle operation took him out of cricket until summer 2008. To date, injuries have cost him more than 20 Test appearances, a tally that is about to grow substantially. Flintoff's history of previous injuries * 1999 - Returns early from South Africa with broken foot. * 2000 - Back injury ends Pakistan tour. * 2000 - Stress fracture of back: misses part of West Indies Test series. * 2000-01 - Back problems: not used in Pakistan as a substitute batsman and misses series against Sri Lanka. * 2001 - Back pain: misses Ashes series. * 2002-03 - Hernia operation: misses Ashes. * 2003 - Right shoulder hit in Lancashire nets by Sajid Mahmood: misses two Tests against Zimbabwe. These are the injuries Andrew Flintoff had on his left ankle since 2004. Because of this left ankle injury, so far he has missed England's crucial international games and has cost him his important time of his carrier. ...read more.


Wobble boards are designed to assist the re-education of the proprioceptive system by improving sensory receptor function. Wobble board training improves single leg stance ability and balance; while other studies have suggested that patients with ankle instability who underwent wobble board training experienced significantly fewer recurrent sprains during a follow-up period than those who did not follow the training programme. Wearing Sports Ankle Braces is another method of sprain ankle injury prevention. Ankle braces reduce the incidence of ankle injury, Sports ankle braces, provide stabilisation and support for athletes who have suffered a sprained ankle. Overall, these techniques and methods would prevent Andrew Flintoff from getting sprain ankle injuries. These techniques will be useful for him to use and also be able to prevent him from getting further injuries in the future. He will also be able to play more games for his country and be able to achieve more things in his carrier. HOW TO PREVENT INJURY DURING SPORTING There are two types of sports injury and they are acute and chronic or overuse injury. Acute Injuries: These are the result of a sudden stress on the body for example a dislocated finger joint caused by a basketball striking the finger. Chronic or Overuse injury: These are caused over training, insufficient recovery time, poor techniques and badly designed foot wear or equipment. Example: tennis elbow. HOW TO AVOID ACUTE INJURY The first thing to do to avoid acute injuries is to consider your body before anything else. 1. Make sure you have practised the skill needed for the sport before doing it. 2. Know how to look after yourself during the play so that you avoid unnecessary risks. 3. Make sure you are fit for the activity. Do not take part if you are ill or injured. 4. Warm up correctly to reduce the risk of muscle and joint injuries. 5. Cool down correctly to prevent stiffness and soreness to be prepared for the next event. ...read more.


* Ice Place an icepack around the injured part for 20-30 minutes. The ice packs relieve pain and are thought to reduce bleeding in the damaged tissue. The Aircast Cryocuffis the most effective method of providing ice therapy and is the professional's choice for foot and ankle injuries. It can provide continuous ice cold water and compression for 6 hours and it significantly reduces pain and swelling. * Compression Bandage the injured part firmly (but not tightly) using a crepe bandage. This also reduces internal bleeding. A swollen ankle is a sign of a significant sports injury. The swelling may be caused by bleeding in the joint or inflammation of the joint. If this swelling is allowed to consolidate it can produce excessive scar tissue which seriously lengthens the rehab period. Compression during the early stages helps to resolve swelling and is essential for a good outcome. Compression is provided for the ankle by the use of a removable plastic cast which has inflatable air cells to massage out swelling; together with intermittent use of an Aircast Ankle Cryocuff to provide ice and compression. * Elevation Support the limb in an elevated (raised) position. This reduces blood flow to the limb because the blood has to flow against the gravity. If the injury is not elevated then excessive swelling can accumulate and cause a delay with rehabilitation. This is particularly true with ankle injuries. If the ankle is not elevated then the effect of gravity causes the tissue fluid to accumulate around the ankle and foot. This can cause increased tissue pressure which is extremely painful. To relieve ankle and prevent excessive ankle swelling, the ankle is kept elevated above waist height for as much time as it is practical. When to use (or not to use) PRICE routine * Use PRICE routine for: - Minor strains and sprains. - Bruising from a collision or fall. ? Do not use PRICE routine for: fractures or dislocations. These should be moved as little as possible. For fractures, dislocations, and serious strains and sprains call an ambulance or see your doctor. ...read more.

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