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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

Knee Braces: 6 Ways They Can Help Students Prepare for School Sports

Braces for School Sports

More and more we see the popularity of youth sports intensifying; while this is great for parents who want their kids to stay active, it also means paying more attention to sport safety and injury prevention.

As interest in playing sports grows, so does the level of competition and intensity. Many experts have expressed the growing number of youth injuries is due to the higher levels of performance required to be successful in a variety sports. Today’s kids need to be stronger, faster and braver in order to surpass others who have been training their whole lives in a particular sport. Continue reading

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.

Product Review – ASO Ankle Brace For Ankle Instability

One of the most widely used ankle braces for Tennis and Basketball is the ASO Ankle Support by MedSpec. Used by thousands of athletes for chronic ankle sprains and ankle instability, the ASO has earned a reputation as the brace the Professional’s wear. Roger Federer and Andy Roddick made the ASO famous, when both suffered ankle injuries before the US Open.

The ASO Ankle Stabilizing Orthosis is one of the most popular ankle supports with coaches, trainers and physical therapists. The contoured tongue provides exceptional fit and is constructed of light-weight yet durable Cool Flex material.

This material also lines the inside back of the boot, providing increased comfort to the Achilles area. The polyester-cotton laces are strong and resist shrinking. The Elastic cuff closure decreases the amount of inversion possible.

The featured ballistic nylon straps wrap in a figure 8 configuration replicating ankle taping, and the ballistic nylon base provides tremendous strength to the brace. The brace is very low profile and will fit in any type of shoe. It is a great choice for preventing or treating ankle sprains. The longevity of brace and high quality control standards of MedSpec make this a great choice for all sports. The brace is made in the USA.

The ASO ankle brace is also available with medial and lateral plastic stays. This feature enhances proprioceptive protection by some patients and medical practitioners, especially during the acute phase of ankle sprain treatments.

I have found the ASO to be one of the most durable and adjustable of all the fabric style ankle braces. It is sometimes preferred over more rigid stirrup braces, because of the adjustability of the figure 8 straps. The tighter you pull on the straps, the more the ankle locks into place. This feature is lacking in many stirrup braces. With the added bulk of a stirrup brace, this is a great feature for sports that have tight fitting shoes, such as cleats.

So if you or your team is interested in a durable, adjustable and comfortable ankle brace, The ASO Ankle Brace by MedSpec is your best choice.  For more information on this brace including sizing information CLICK HERE.

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

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

Product Review – Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Band For Patella Tendonitis

Cho-Pat’s newly patented Dual Action Knee Strap provides an extra dimension of relief for painful and weakened knees for all types of sports activities. It is ideal for running, basketball, soccer, tennis and golf. The Dual Action Knee Band is one of the most popular knee bands on the market today, and is useful for a wide range of knee conditions, primarily patella tendonitis, and chondromalacia.

Patellar tendonitis is pain in the band of tissue that connects the kneecap to the shinbone.

Many patients suffer from pain and tenderness around the patellar tendon, swelling where the patellar tendon attaches to the shin bone, pain with jumping, running, or walking, especially downhill or downstairs, pain with bending or straightening the leg.

The most common activity causing patellar tendonitis is too much jumping. Other repeated activities such as running, walking, or bicycling may lead to patellar tendonitis. It is particularly common in people who play basketball. All of these activities put repeated stress on the patellar tendon, causing it to be inflamed.

The Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Band applies pressure upon the patellar tendon above and below the kneecap to stabilize and tighten up the kneecap mechanism, which improves patellar tracking and elevation and reduces patellar subluxation. The knee band reduces the amount of wear and tear on the undersurface of the joint. It also alleviates the stress to the tendon and promotes healing by redistributing the forces exerted by the quadriceps muscle.

The Dual Action Knee Band’s design and construction apply constant dynamic forces to the surrounding areas of the knee reducing the likelihood of overuse syndromes. At the same time, the strap allows for full mobility while providing maximum benefits.

The strap is ideal for people suffering from the following knee conditions:

1) Jumper’s knee (also known as patellar tendinopathy)

2) Chondromalacia (due to an irritation of the undersurface of the kneecap)

3) Patellar tendonitis (An injury that affects the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone)

4) Patellofemoral pain syndrome (you feel pain under and around your kneecap, usually caused by the way your kneecap moves in the groove of your thigh bone)

5) Runner’s knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome may be the result of irritation of the soft tissues around the front of the knee)

In conjunction to wearing the support, it is suggested that you reduce the activities that involve the knee tendons and muscles for a few days to help reduce the strain and inflammation. The taking of an oral anti-inflammatory medication may also speed up the healing process if it can be tolerated.

Talk to your doctor about the Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Band. It is one of the most popular and successful knee bands on the market today. It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition.