Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.
A few months after tearing my ACL last year, I was asked to help referee an ultimate frisbee tournament for a charity. Luckily, they mostly only needed me to be a timekeeper as the games were mostly self-monitored between the players on the teams. Up until this point I had avoided attending sports events, because my overwhelming desire to play collided with my inability to play because of my injury. Well… I wasn’t the only one.
One notable event was the fact a friend of mine had hurt his ankle during ultimate frisbee practice the previous week. He did his best to rehabilitate his ankle during the week, but it was still bruised and slightly swollen during the tournament. He shoved it in a lace-up ankle brace in order to play, but during the tournament he ended up re-injuring his ankle and had to sit out for the last game.
Now that I’m more aware of how our actions can affect the joints in our body, I can’t help but wonder if his initial injury could have been avoided if he had worn ankle braces to help prevent the injury before it happened. Ankle braces help by adding stability to our ankle joint and can even help avert rollover injuries. Not only that, but some ankle braces, such as the Aircast Air-Stirrup Ankle Brace, can help ankle sprains recover faster.
Here are some ankle braces recommended for sports such as ultimate frisbee:
I’ve been recommending these braces to some of my friends who have ankle issues. They’re great for other sports too! I can speak from experience that it’s much better to do your best to prevent injuries rather than to look back with regret after being sidelined. Check with your doctor for the best treatment for your specific injury or situation.
Almost all sports include running, which puts you at risk for a rolled ankle or ankle sprain. Many athletes wear sports ankle braces to help prevent these injuries and to provide extra support to the ankle. There several different types of ankle support braces for sports.
Lace Up Ankle Braces – Lace ankle braces are great for athletes who want to control the tightness of the brace at each point of the foot. The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine recently studied basketball players and found that wearing laced ankle braces significantly reduces the chance for ankle injuries.
Recommended: ProCare Lace Up Ankle Brace
Rigid Ankle Braces – Rigid ankle braces have a hard outer shell that allows the ankle to move up and down, and helps prevent too much of the side to side movement that leads to ankle injuries. Rigid ankle braces can be worn to prevent severe ankle injuries – especially if your ankle has already had an injury before. They can also be used immediately after an injury to help stabilize the area and provide extra support when walking.
Recommended: DonJoy Velocity Ankle Brace, Aircast Air-Stirrup
Soft Ankle Braces – Soft ankle braces provide mild to moderate ankle support. There are soft ankle sleeves that are like compressive socks, which applies pressure to help support the ankle and to keep it warm. There are also soft ankle braces with metal supports on either side of the ankle which help prevent side to side movement and rolled ankles.
Recommended: Aircast A60, DonJoy Deluxe Elastic Ankle Support
If you’re very active, especially in sports that require a lot of footwork, wearing an ankle support brace is recommended to help prevent ankle injuries. Talk with your doctor or one of our brace coaches to find the one that best suits your needs.
Tip: We often see our customers typing ankel braces instead of ankle braces! When searching for an ankle brace make sure you use the correct spelling so you can find the best products possible for your needs.