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.
Ankle injuries are very common especially in sports that require lots of jumping, running and turning. These types of activities increase the risk of rollover incidents, which can result in stretched or torn ligaments in the ankle (also known as ankle sprains). Here are some quick tips on how to help prevent ankle injuries.
- Stretch your ankles, especially before or after sports and physical activities. Keeping your ligaments flexible and limber can help prevent them from being torn.
- Be sure to warm up before exercising. You’re much less likely to hurt yourself during sports if your muscles are warmed up.
- Strengthen the muscles around your ankle. Ankle exercises such as heel raises improve your ankle muscles, which keeps your ankle ligaments aligned correctly and reduces your chance of injury.
- Wear ankle braces during sports and activities. They provide compression and support to give your ankles an added boost of strength and stability. They’re also ideal for people who have had previous ankle injuries. (Athletes who have injured their ankle previously have a high chance of re-injuring themselves in the future.)
- Replace old shoes and other equipment if they are showing signs of wear and tear. Make sure your shoes give your foot arches proper support.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Your ankles and feet support your entire body, so losing weight may help reduce the strain on your ankles and improve your overall health.
These simple tips can help save your ankle from future injuries! If you experience ankle pain or think you might have injured your ankle, check with your doctor for the best treatment for your injury.
Depending on the severity of your ankle injury there are 3 types of ankle braces available to you. In fact, over the course of your rehabilitation you may find it time to move from one of our maximum support braces to a mild or moderate support brace. Don’t forget, if you’ve previously suffered from an ankle sprain wearing an ankle brace is one of the best ways to prevent future ankle injuries.
Maximum Support Ankle Braces…helps immobilize the ankle and provides compression to reduce swelling. Designed to treat the most severe ankle sprains, also known as third degree ankle sprains, and injuries.
Moderate Support Ankle Braces…if you are prone to ankle sprains, these ankle braces are great for you because they provide extra stability during sports and activities. Can also be worn while recovering from a second degree ankle sprain when walking is difficult.
Mild Support Ankle Braces…ideal for mild, first degree ankle sprains because they provide a light amount of support during daily activities like walking.
DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace
Jared Tew, the full back for the Air Force Academy football team was sporting the DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace during the game against Army on Saturday.