Ankle Braces for Sports

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.

I was keeping time for an ultimate frisbee tournament this weekend and I was surprised at the poor quality ankle supports and make-shift taping people were using. Like any sport with lots of running and quick turns, ultimate frisbee players put a lot of strain on the ankles. A rolled ankle or slip in the mud can lead to ankle sprains and tenderness… which no athlete wants.

I found myself suggesting that these players check out some of the ankle braces available on Here are some of the bestselling ankle braces:

DonJoy Velocity Ankle Brace – One of the best ankle braces on the market – provides maximum support and like-custom comfort.

Aircast Airsport Ankle Brace – Ideal for ankle protection during all types of physical activity.

Aircast A60 Ankle Brace (also available in white) – Protects your ankles at their weakest point to help prevent ankle rollovers and ankle sprains.

DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace – A more consistent and effective alternative to ankle taping.

One of the most important things I suggest to people is to make sure you protect your joints during physical activity. I’ve personally witnessed so many unexpected injuries that might have been prevented with a bit of protection.

P.S. Always check with your doctor when treating injuries so they can determine the best solution for your situation.

Types of Sports Ankle Braces

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. 🙂