In high-impact sports, strong/mobile ankles are key. One beginner level way to target your lower leg strength and mobility are calf raises (straight-leg and/or bent-knee). These movements work well for many athletes because 1) they strengthen ankle extension for improved running/jumping and 2) they develop better ankle dorsiflexion for landing & squatting.
If you aren’t ready for the full calf raise, grab something to help improve your balance and control. Only use your hand as much as needed for the movement to still be a challenge to your calf muscles. Over time, use the hand-assist less and less until you don’t really need it at all (can still be useful for balance though).
If you can already do calf raises with ease and good mechanics, move on to 1 leg calf raises and/or add weight via kettlebell, dumbbell, barbell, weight vest, etc. You can also mess with the tempo and ROM for more individualized programming and goals (e.g. power vs. prehab, greater need for dorsiflexion vs. plantarflexion).
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