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Fixing turned in ankles while freediving

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Greg Rothaus

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My ankles turn in a bit when I fin which creates inefficiencies I'd like to get rid of. I'm using Moana hybrids, which I love, and I had heard that maybe a more narrow fin with higher rails would help. I also heard that the problem could exist because of weak ankles which I suppose could be true but I run, mt. bike, swim, fin swim, weight lift with legs, etc. My legs seems pretty strong but maybe there is something else I need to do for my ankles? Also, do you think a different set of fins would make a difference? How important would that be since they are not cheap? Which fins do you think would help?

If anyone has had this problem before and fixed it, or if anyone has any advise on this at all, I'd appreciate hearing from you

Thanks,
Greg
 

Nathan Vinski

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My ankles turn in a bit when I fin which creates inefficiencies I'd like to get rid of. I'm using Moana hybrids, which I love, and I had heard that maybe a more narrow fin with higher rails would help. I also heard that the problem could exist because of weak ankles which I suppose could be true but I run, mt. bike, swim, fin swim, weight lift with legs, etc. My legs seems pretty strong but maybe there is something else I need to do for my ankles? Also, do you think a different set of fins would make a difference? How important would that be since they are not cheap? Which fins do you think would help?

If anyone has had this problem before and fixed it, or if anyone has any advise on this at all, I'd appreciate hearing from you

Thanks,
Greg


In my opinion, and experience teaching and coaching freedivers, **Most (i can't say all definitively), but most ankle bending has to do with poor technique. If youre not using the right muscles to move your fins, or are using an amplitude thats too big, you'll put a lot of unnecessary pressure on your legs. This extra pressure causes the weakest link to fail, and for most people the weakest link is the ankle, which is why it bends in..


i could give loads more detail, or just link to the article I wrote on bi-finning... So here it is;

 
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Greg Rothaus

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Jun 6, 2008
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In my opinion, and experience teaching and coaching freedivers, **Most (i can't say all definitively), but most ankle bending has to do with poor technique. If youre not using the right muscles to move your fins, or are using an amplitude thats too big, you'll put a lot of unnecessary pressure on your legs. This extra pressure causes the weakest link to fail, and for most people the weakest link is the ankle, which is why it bends in..


i could give loads more detail, or just link to the article I wrote on bi-finning... So here it is;


Well, that was about the best explanation anyone could hope for...; thank you! I see immediately that my kick is too wide. I've been trained to kick in big, wide kicks and I've always heard from Instructors, "kick wider"; no one has ever said "narrow your kicks." I think I have too much knee bend as well. Occasionally, I'll even feel like I'm "falling off the line" when my legs begin to fall to the left and I have to try and correct that (usually by kicking harder to gain momentum so I can straighten out). If you're so inclined, you can see my shoddy, rookie kicking in a YouTube video. Search "baja spearo greg rothaus", go to the 35 second mark, and you can see me dive. It's spearfishing but it's not too far off what I would do on a line.

Thank you again so much!
 
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