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lakemononabackstroke
August 1st, 2012, 09:39 AM
I have (what I would call) a mild-moderate ankle sprain. (I'm really not sure how I did it; maybe while I was playing with my son at the hotel pool, but no matter.)

I'm right in the thick of training for the Big Shoulders Open Water Swim, the 2.5K. I just spent a 3-day weekend without training or cross-training at all, due to a family emergency. I had a good workout yesterday morning, but that was before my ankle started feeling sore and swelling (slightly). I really don't want to take any time off my training.

Would it really hurt me to keep up my training and, say, have a workout tonight? My workouts run about 2600-3000 yards. Or if I do swim, are there certain kicks or drills I should avoid, say, avoid using my zoomers for a few days?

Another option is to have a bike ride tonight and have my next swim workout tomorrow morning.

Any advice? Thanks!

Rob Copeland
August 1st, 2012, 10:05 AM
Any advice? Thanks!Talk to your doctor.

JWes
August 1st, 2012, 07:51 PM
I would agree with talking to your doctor, you don't want to cause further damage; however, when they thought I had torn my meniscus my workouts turned into nothing but pulling with a buoy, so that's also another way to go if it hurts to kick.

Daniels196
August 2nd, 2012, 01:59 PM
Ok I am suffering from an injured foot that will not heal. My doctor said swimming would be great. I have not swam since I was young. I want to possibly join the masters league but am scared that I will be horrible or in the way. Can anyone join? or do you need to be a great swimmer?

swimshark
August 2nd, 2012, 08:45 PM
Another vote to talk to your doctor. I am now 4 years beyond my ankle sprain. I waited about 4 months to go see my doctor and I probably ruined it as a result. Since that time I have had 2 surgeries, 4 injections, physical therapy and 16 weeks in a boot. Don't wait, go see the doc now!

aztimm
August 3rd, 2012, 10:42 PM
Another vote to visit a doctor.

I've sprained both ankles, and both times I tried to swim way too soon (you'd think I would have learned). "I'll just use a pull buoy," I thought...
Well that just doesn't quite work.

Most doctors will say that walking in a pool is good recovery.

orca1946
August 3rd, 2012, 11:41 PM
See the Doc. & ask if you can one leg kick with arms normal . If you can do this & KEEP from kicking then give it a try. You are iceing the ankle ----yes?

Allen Stark
August 4th, 2012, 10:51 AM
Ok I am suffering from an injured foot that will not heal. My doctor said swimming would be great. I have not swam since I was young. I want to possibly join the masters league but am scared that I will be horrible or in the way. Can anyone join? or do you need to be a great swimmer?
Anyone can join.Go to a workout and talk to the coach.

Polo0801
September 7th, 2016, 06:55 AM
Another vote to talk to your doctor. I am now 4 years beyond my ankle sprain. I waited about 4 months to go see my doctor and I probably ruined it as a result. Since that time I have had 2 surgeries, 4 injections, physical therapy and 16 weeks in a boot. Don't wait, go see the doc now!


How long did it take you to get back into swimming following surgery? I had surgery 7 months ago. I tried swimming with docs permission after 4 months but it was still quite painful. Any advice for getting back into it?

orca1946
September 7th, 2016, 11:17 AM
Have you gone to the doc yet?

ForceDJ
September 7th, 2016, 04:18 PM
As a triathlete I find this interesting in that if/when I get a leg/ foot injury that keeps me from running...I usually fill that workout time with additional swimming.

Dan

chemsource
September 8th, 2016, 02:31 AM
better stop for a while and turn to your coach when get a ankle sprain

Nancy H.
September 8th, 2016, 11:01 AM
I sprained my wrist four weeks ago when a car hit me as I was crossing a street. The driver came out of nowhere, and my right hand shot out instinctively. Her car bumped into my hand, and when she saw I was standing up/ not bleeding or doubled over, she took off (total hit & run). I went to the hospital, where they told me I had a fractured bone (and that I'd be in a cast for 6 weeks). I went to my orthopedic doctor the next day; he looked over my hand and the x-rays, and he said it was sprained, not broken. I was in a splint for two weeks, at which point it was x-rayed again, and still no sign of fracture. (Big sigh of relief!)

By this time, my pool had closed for cleaning, so there was another enforced two weeks out of the water. Last night was my first night back (sheer bliss!). I took it easy, 1800 yards, alternating strokes and kicking--no pulling. Today my hand is a bit stiff/ sore, but otherwise fine.

During my layoff, I did a lot of drylands--long walks when the weather permitted; gym sessions focusing on lower body and core. I'm just beginning to add in some upper-body work (with like 2-lb. hand weights)--wearing a splint to keep my wrist supported. I'm still wearing the splint at night, and icing the wrist/ taking Advil or Tylenol as needed. I aim to gradually build up my yardage over the next month.

Injuries that keep you from swimming just flat-out stink. But it's so important to listen to your doctors and take their advice. And to listen to your body--if something really hurts, stop. In hindsight, I'm glad the pool cleaning kept me out of the water for two additional weeks, which gave the injury a chance to heal. Mostly I'm just glad I wasn't hurt any worse than I was.

srcoyote
September 13th, 2016, 08:16 AM
I know this one. I sprained my ankle two weeks before my first Big Shoulders years ago. I'm a two-beat kicker so while I used a lot of pool buoy for that two weeks, I didn't always use one. The biggest challenge in training was not pushing off of the wall on that ankle in flip turns.

Then came race day. One of my first open water swims, I wasn't smart enough to start on one end, and had quite a bit of pain in the opening scrum as arms raked across that ankle. Once I was in clear water, though, it wasn't a problem. Hope all went well Saturday. It was a great day for a swim, and I had a blast.