Best Soccer Ankle Brace – Aircast A60

There’s no doubt that soccer players are the most athletic in the world of sports so it’s important to protect and prevent any injury while on the field. Running nonstop for almost two hours is hard on the body, especially the ankles. Wearing a proper ankle brace will help to prevent injury and help to soothe pain from previous muscle, bone and tendon damage. If you’re a pro or novice soccer player who is prone to injury, our trained experts recommend the Aircast A60 Ankle Support for ankle injury prevention.

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The Aircast A60 Ankle Support works to give you reinforcement where you need it the most to prevent a sprained or injured ankle. The brace protects the weakest point of your ankle so you can run, kick and change directions with lightning speed just as you normally would. Additionally, the unique design of the brace utilizes a stabilizer on each side of the ankle to prevent sprains and rollovers, while reducing the risk of overextension.

Soccer players love how comfortable the A60 truly is compared to other braces on the market. Your ankle is properly supported and stays dry keeping you comfortably cool. The lightweight brace easily fits in any athletic shoe adding to extra comfort so you can run and play as if you were wearing an ordinary sock. The single strap application takes seconds to apply so you can get into the game quickly. If you want to prevent ankle injury and protect weak tendons, the Aircast A60 Ankle Support is right for you. Don’t let a twisted or rolled ankle keep you out of the game and on the sidelines.

Best Ankle Brace for Football Players

Football players are hard on their bodies while playing and practicing. A player’s ankles take most of the impact – especially when they’re planting their feet and twisting during plays. Our trained brace experts recommend the DonJoy Velocity Ankle Brace for football players to offer extra support and help prevent ankle sprains, while allowing for natural, unrestrained movement.

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Players will appreciate how comfortable the brace is while they’re healing an existing injury or preventing a past injury from reoccurring. Some ankle braces make players feel stiff and uncomfortable, but the anatomically-designed bilateral hinges allow players to move as they normally would. The R3 Technology (Rapid-Rigid-Ratched) in the calf cuff provides compression to the ankle joint to prevent swelling and abnormal movement, keeping players on the field and off of the bench.

The DonJoy Velocity Ankle Brace, available in Light Support and Extra Support, is a great tool for football players of all positions who want to prevent ankle sprains. Football players can be tough on the field and on their opponents while their lightweight and comfortable brace will protect them where they need it the most.

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DonJoy Velocity Ankle Brace – Best Football Ankle Brace

How to Keep Your Soccer Career Alive and Kicking

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Soccer (or football) is arguably the most popular sport in the world. With the largest worldwide soccer tournament less than a week away, we’re taking a look at the most common soccer-related injuries and how to prevent them.

Hands-down the most common injury from soccer is a sprained ankle. Between running with the ball, maneuvering around opposing players or even being kicked by them, this is not a surprise. And while a sprained ankle might sideline you, it’s important to give it enough time to heal before getting back on the field.

Knee injuries are also common in soccer and often more severe.  One of the most dreaded knee injuries soccer players can experience is a tear in their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) near the knee.  According to FIFA, seventy per cent of all ACL injuries happen without contact with another player. An injury like a torn ACL could require surgery to repair.

Moving up from the knee, hamstring (the muscle group in the back of your thigh) injuries are fairly typical, especially for players in positions that require sprinting or sudden acceleration like forward and midfield. Injuries can range for a more mild pull to a more serious tear.

So how do you prevent injuries on the soccer field? Proper warm ups are crucial. Making sure your muscles are stretched out and limber is key to preventing pulls and tears. FIFA has created a soccer warm  up program designed specifically to help reduce the risk of injury on the field.

Staying active in the off-season and gradually working up to peak performance is another way to avoid injury. Injuries are much more likely for players who have not trained or played for a period of time. If you’ve been out of the game for a while, ease back into it. Work on your conditioning and strength training as you gradually get back into full contact soccer. On that same note, do not overtrain. Many injuries come from overuse, particularly in young players. If you are starting to feel worn down, listen to your body and take some time off. Taking one season off could help you extend your soccer career by many more seasons.

Sources:

http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/footballdevelopment/medical/playershealth/injuries/commoninjuries/index.html

http://www.stopsportsinjuries.org/soccer-injury-prevention.aspx

 

 

 

Weekend Warriors! Avoid the Backlash

Do you spend weekends pushing your body to the extreme and regretting it? If you limp into the office on Monday morning with yet another injury or ache, pushing yourself might be causing you more harm than good. We all know an active lifestyle is important, but too much activity for your fitness level can put you on the sidelines.

Most weekend warrior injuries aren’t from accidents, but from exerting beyond your limits — this can be from lack of warming up, exercising with muscle fatigue or incorrect technique. Let’s look at what to do when you’re feeling the burn…

  • If you’re playing hard, protect yourself with good shoes, wrist guards and proper equipment. Wearing an ankle support or knee brace can help you prevent injuries.
  • Use good technique to keep injuries such as tendinitis and stress fractures at bay.
  • Increase activity slowly and strive for workouts that include strength training, cardiovascular and flexibility.
  • Warm up to help muscles contract and relax easily. Spend five to ten minutes briskly walking or jogging before the workout begins. If you’re an athlete, try out the Pre-Warm Up Program on the Compex Performance Muscle Stimulator.
  • Stretch after the warm up to increase blood flow, flexibility and performance. Practice proper technique when stretching and use caution, as stretching strained muscles may cause further damage. Hold for 30-60 seconds. To further avoid soreness, consider the Active Recovery Program on the Compex Performance Muscle Stimulator.
  • Keep in mind your body probably cannot perform to same level as when you were young. Rather than packing all your workouts into weekends, hit the gym on weekdays too.

Prone to injury? The most vulnerable areas are the knees, lower back, shoulders, wrists, and ankles. Typical weekender injuries include sprains and strains, muscle aches, knee and back pain, heel pain, rotator cuff injuries and shin splints. Braces and support are not just for injuries; they can help prevent injury too.

Talk to your health provider if you have specific concerns.

Sources:
http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Sports_Injuries/sports_injuries_ff.asp
http://centerforortho.com/specialties/Sports-Medicine/Sports-Injury-Articles/Weekend-Warriors-May-Battle-Injuries
http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Sports_injuries/default.asp#ra_5
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sprains-and-strains/basics/risk-factors/con-20020958
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20045517
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/stretching/art-20047931?pg=2
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/1/prweb10367524.htm

Caring for a Sprained Ankle with the Aircast Air Stirrup

If you’ve suffered an ankle sprain, your doctor may recommend the Aircast Air Stirrup Ankle Brace because it’s one of the leading supports for recovery from ankle sprains.  It’s designed to help patients get back to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Check out the video below for some information on how to care for your sprained ankle using the Aircast Air Stirrup (it’s an older video, but still some great tips!) It’s a great watch, even if you’re using another ankle brace or if you don’t have an Aircast Air Stirrup Ankle Brace yet:

Ready to learn more? Click here to shop for an Aircast Air Stirrup Ankle Brace.