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5 Ways Ankle Braces Help Basketball Players

The sport of basketball is demanding and fast-paced, and those who play the game need to be prepared for the challenges and demands that the sport puts on their body. Whether an individual is playing in a beginner league or at an elite level, all basketball players can be prone to injury if they’re not careful.

Basketball requires a lot of speed, jumping, and directional changes, and all of these can be cause for injury. Some players opt to wear ankle braces while they play in order to help cushion and support their ankles during physical activity.

According to a study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, basketball players at the high school level who wore ankle braces had 68% fewer injuries than athletes who opted not to wear a brace.
If you’re not sure if ankle braces are your solution, consider the following ways that braces help in basketball: Continue reading

5 Tips for Using Pediatric Braces

Even the smallest bones and muscles can become injured. In today’s society, youth sports and competition are performed at a much higher level and, as a result, injuries are much more common. To help protect and fix injuries in children, a brace can sometimes be the key to making them better again.

For some children braces are a new experience. They may have trouble putting them on and getting used to them. However, with a little practice and some helpful tips, your child will be able to maneuver without trouble and start healing in no time.

Here are 12 tips for how to use pediatric braces: Continue reading

Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular?

Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular?

Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular?Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular? The lace up ankle braces with figure 8 strapping configurations are by far the most popular ankle brace sold at The Brace Shop
There are many other manufacturers that make a lace up type of ankle brace with figure 8 strapping.

MedSpec (Medical Specialties, Inc.) was a relatively unknown company based out of Charlotee, NC, until several professional tennis players started to wear the ASO during play. Andy Roddick was one of the first and since then, athletes like Lebron James, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade use them for preventative reasons.

One reason for the popularity of the brace is its construction. The ASO ankle brace is lightweight for a lace-up brace but still maintains a degree of stiffness and rigidity along the sides of the brace. The figure 8 strapping configuration mimics a taping that a coach or a trainer would provide and is very adjustable. The more stability to prevent inversion of the ankle, the tighter you pull on the figure 8 straps. The brace is very durable with a life expectancy of approximately 10-12 months with repeated use. The ballistic nylon base provides tremendous strength considering the thickness of the material. The brace is easy to clean and can be machine washed, although it is best to hand wash and air dry for longevity.

The brace is ideal for chronic ankle instability and does not appear to restrict movement in those sports that require side to side movement and rotation, such as tennis and basketball. The ASO fits into most athletic shoe gear, although cleated shoes do pose a problem, especially with the ASO EVO and ASO with inserts.

Please make sure you speak with your coach, trainer or healthcare profession regarding your ankle condition, and what type of brace is best for your ankle problem. The Brace Shop has been around for years and has serviced over 1 million customers. Their goal is to provide exceptional service, best pricing and fast shipping. Other web based companies cannot offer the selection, service and prices that The Brace Shop has provided for over a decade.

Ankle Brace for Running

Ankle Brace for Running

Ankle Brace for RunningDo you need an Ankle Brace for Running? It has been a tough winter for most of the country. Now that the weather has changed and the sun is shining, many people are trying to get back into running to get back into shape and get rid of the winter weight that has accumulated.

Running has been a popular activity in the spring, but injuries have also increased, primarily ankle injuries. Ankle sprains, metatarsal stress fractures heel spurs and plantar fasciitis has been seen this spring as weekend warriors try to get into shape.

How can you reduce or prevent such injuries that are very common with running? One of the biggest reasons is conditioning. Overuse and stress on the feet and ankles cause many of the ills mentioned in this article, but a good ankle brace can help reduce these stresses. There are many ankle braces on the market to choose from, so how do you decide which is best for your running skills?

The first thing is to check your shoe gear. There is nothing more important than spending money on a good pair of running shoes. Do not run with walking shoes or combination shoes. Check with your athletic shoe store to match your foot type with the best running shoe. Second is to choose the correct ankle brace. Simple ankle braces like ankle sleeves or compression supports help reduce swelling, but do little to provide support. Lace-up braces provide additional support with some offering figure 8 strapping which mimics taping that your coach or trainer would do. More aggressive ankle braces are called stirrup ankle braces and strirrup hinged ankle braces. These types of braces provide rigidity on either side of the ankle, with the hinged ankle braces offering range of motion at the hinges on the sides of the brace.

No matter what ankle brace you have chosen, it is important to check with your doctor, chiropractor, podiatrist or coach/trainer to determine which brace is best for your orthopedic condition.

Go to The Brace Shop’s The Brace shopfor a wide selection of ankle braces suitable for running.

Choosing an Ankle Brace

Choosing an Ankle Brace

Choosing an Ankle BraceWhen choosing an ankle brace, it is important to understand the type of ankle injury and severity of your ankle injury. Ankle braces are designed to help in restoring mobility and giving post injury support in the ankle area while maintaining a full range of physical activity.

It is used for either medical or athletic needs. The products that are geared toward medical markets seek to prevent pain, further injury as well as help patients heals quickly and comfortably while recuperating.

On the other hand, athletic ankle braces can be of two choices – lace up or rigid brace supports. The former stabilizes the ankle area and helps prevent injury while at play.

These types of braces have inside parts that laced up like a shoelace. On the outer portion, a stirrup strap that is wrapped around like a figure of six can be found for added support. They cost from $30 to $40 and are available in most sporting goods stores. The rigid brace gives the highest level of preventive support, and assist in the faster rehabilitation of injury. The prices range from $40 to $50 depending on choice and support needs.

Ankle Sprain and Medical Intervention

An ankle sprain is encountered when there is injury to the ligaments. When injury of this nature occurs, there would visibly be injuries to the muscle and tendon area too or otherwise known as muscle strain. . There are three types of muscle sprain:

1. First Degree Sprain – happens when the ligaments are overstretched past its limits but is not torn. Symptoms include: mild pain, some swelling, joint stiffness or difficulty in walking and stretching. Normal activities can be engaged in one or two weeks.

2. Second Degree Sprain – most common type of ankle pains that include partial tearing of the ligament with mild to moderate swelling and stiffness in the ankle area. Symptoms are: instability of the joints, swelling and stiffness in the affected area, difficulty in mobility, and moderate to severe pain. Normal activity can return after two weeks or a month after the injury.

3. Third Degree Sprain – this type of injury requires immediate medical attention where there is a total rupture of the ligaments. This situation can result in a chronic situation if not repaired or healed properly. The symptoms are: severe pain then followed by no pain, instability in the joint area, and severe swelling. Healing can last from three (3) months to one (1) year depending on the severity of the injury.

What Type of Ankle Brace Is Required

1. For First Degree Sprain – it would be well advised to use lightweight support braces. These types of braces give support and warmth to the affected area. They are made of elastic materials that can be stretched to provide ample support to the ankle joint. Many mild support ankle joints have metals that are sewn into the fabric to stabilize both sides of the ankle. These are mostly used for non contact sports, cheer and dance activities, and for daily walking.

2. For Second Degree Sprain – moderate ankle support braces are designed to help overused ankle injuries or ankle rollovers. For those playing high contact sports, it is well advised that this type of support be used, especially those who may have suffered ankle injuries in the past. This type of support also helps stabilize the injured ankle to enable the patient to walk.

3. For Third Degree Sprain – for those who experienced a severe ankle sprain, maximum braces will have to be used to help in the healing process. These types of braces are also used by athletes – example, ankle braces for soccer, who are into high contact sports to prevent first time injury or the re-occurrence of injury. These braces provide more protection than regular ankle braces and are ideal for healing injured ligaments and tendons. The used of these supports also help enable the patient to walk and move around while being healed.You can find a wide array of braces to meet all of your needs at BraceShop.com

Product Review – Active Ankle T2 For Volleyball

If you ask any volleyball player what is the most popular ankle support for their sport, most will say, without question, “The T2 by Active Ankle.” “There is more positive feedback on the Active Ankle hinged stirrup brace than any other ankle support we carry”, says Robert Belone, the CFO of The Brace Shop, Inc. No other ankle brace has such brand recognition for a particular sport. It is the ultimate volleyball ankle brace.

What makes the Active Ankle T2 so popular in volleyball?

The Active Ankle T2 provides 54% more stability than competitive products. The solid shell transfers some of the weight-bearing forces around the injury site up into the lower leg to help reduce pain.

A Drexel University study showed the brace reduced by about 8% the weight carried by the heel bone-equal to 12-pound unloading during ambulation in a 150-pound person. Bilateral hinges allow unrestricted flexion of the ankle assisting in a faster return to activity.

The T2 features a durable, quick-fitting single strap system that is adjustable for both high- and low-top shoes. Combined with feather-light E.V.A. padding that hugs every contour of the ankle the T2 offers a sleeker, less bulky brace while still offering maximum performance and protection.

The patented design reduces pain, increases stability by controlling medial/lateral motion of the calcaneus (heel bone). Bubble flex pads provide intermittent compression to massage edema away during ambulation. The solid U-shaped brace locks the ankle in place by surrounding it in a hard shell. Full elastic back ensures complete unrestricted blood flow to the Achilles’ tendon and virtually eliminates the chance for blistering. A short curved seamless arch virtually eliminates irritation to the bottom of the foot.

Robert Grey M.S. ATC, who is a coordinator of Athletic Training for The Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Division, endorses the T2 because many school and athletic programs have limited budgets and resources for expensive braces. The T2 is easy to fit, rigid in construction and provides the support & durability to last a full season.

The T2 accommodates a wide variety of shoe gear, so volleyball is not the only sport this brace is ideal for. Basketball, Tennis, Racquetball and other court sports have had tremendous success with the versatility and durability of this sure winner. For more information about this brace including sizing information, CLICK HERE.

If you are a coach or trainer, looking for a brace that all players can wear, look no further. If you are an athlete, talk to your doctor or therapist about the Active Ankle T2.

For more information on our full line of braces, visit us at www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition.