DO THIS FOR BETTER ANKLE MOBILITY
Did you know you have triceps in your legs? You do. The real name of the calf is the "Triceps Surae". If we break down the Latin, we have...
🔼tri = three
🔼ceps = plural of caput = heads
🔼surae = of the calf
So Triceps Surae is the "3 heads of the calf". Two of the muscular heads are from the medial and lateral gastrocnemius and the third is from the soleus. These muscles differ in their anatomy and consequently, how we mobilize them.
The Gastrocnemius is a ✌two jointed muscle, crossing both the ankle and the knee. So to stretch it, you must both extend the knee and dorsiflex the ankle, pulling the muscle onto stretch from both ends. This stretch is definitely the more common of the two.
On the flip side, the Soleus is ☝one jointed and only crosses the ankle. So to stretch it, you must bend the knee to slack the overlying gastroc and reach the deeper layer. It's this stretch that will lead to improvements in ankle mobility as these tissues lie closer to the joint itself.
So if you're trying to improve ankle mobility, make sure you are getting into the bent knee position. Make this little change and you will probably start seeing the results you are looking for.😄
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