Ankle Flexibility and the flutter kick

Ankle flexibility is key to a good flutter kick.  If you are unable to move your foot comfortably into plantar flexion (pointed toe) your flutter kick will actually pull you backwards.  Even if you are doing only a light two-beat kick just to keep your legs afloat you must be able to point your toes. Additionally, a good kick allows the ankle to move through the range of motion to deliver a “snap” of force.

For those athletes who have little flexibility in their ankle this should be a high priority to improve. This lack is not only slowing you down, by not driving you forward, it is actually pulling you backwards and forcing your arms to do more work to help compensate.

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