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5 Reasons to Shake Up Your Routine & Reevaluate What You Were Taught as a Student Athletic Trainer

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 15, 2018 10:38:10 AM / by Lauren Dybwad posted in Athletic Training, Athletic Trainers

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If you were like me as an undergrad, then you remember having different preceptors show you how they like to do things in the clinic such as types of treatments, tapings, or bracings. No doubt most of what you learned as a student has stuck with you in your own practice as a now certified athletic trainer. The only problem is how do we know that what we are doing in the clinic is actually the best method of treatment/care?

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Ultra CTS® Ankle Brace Explained

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 29, 2018 8:44:46 AM / by Rick Peters posted in Athletic Training, Ultra CTS, Acute Ankle Injuries

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What is your go-to ankle brace for acute ankle injuries? Don’t have one? It turns out you’re not alone.

When it comes to bracing acute ankle injuries, many AT’s end up using a walking boot because they are lacking a sufficient ankle brace alternative. Seeing this void in the marketplace led the ATs at Ultra Ankle to develop the first ankle brace specifically designed to treat/brace acute ankle injuries – the Ultra CTS (Custom Treatment System).

With the Ultra CTS ankle brace we address the two features needed most when bracing acute ankle injuries – maximum ankle and lower leg stabilization combined with reducing weight bearing pain. 

Athletic Trainers: Learn More about the Ultra CTS Ankle Brace

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2018 Ultra Ankle® Club Volleyball Tournament & Event Schedule

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2018 9:54:47 AM / by Kristi Came posted in Volleyball, News

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We're excited to be kicking off another club volleyball tournament season in 2018! As with previous years, we will be travelling the country to multiple volleyball tournaments to educate volleyball players and parents on the importance of ankle bracing and volleyball ankle injury prevention. 

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Ankle Braces Compared – Ultra Ankle® Zoom vs. Active Ankle® T2

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 9, 2018 10:10:02 AM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Injury Prevention, Ankle Bracing, Volleyball

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Just so there is full disclosure in this blog, I invented both the Active Ankle® T2 and Ultra Zoom® by Ultra Ankle®. After developing the first commercially available hinged ankle brace I was one of the founders of Active Ankle Systems in 1989 and was its President until 1996. In 1999, I was co-founder of Ultra Athlete LLC and developed the Ultra Ankle line of ankle braces. Through all of those years of ankle brace development I accumulated 18 U.S. and numerous foreign patents on emerging ankle bracing technologies.

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Recruiting Secrets from a College Volleyball Coach

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 8, 2018 1:38:06 PM / by Ashlee Pritchard posted in Volleyball

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Now that the holiday season is over, club season will soon be in full swing. Your weekends will be full of practices, tournaments, traveling, and spending a lot of time with your team. This is also a time where college recruiting really starts to speed up. You may find that at your court, or other courts, there will be dozens of college coaches watching athletes play, trying to find the next player for their team. Here are some tips on what you can do to make a good impression at whatever level you are looking to play at:

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Ankle Taping – Is it Good or Bad?

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 19, 2017 10:16:40 AM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Bracing

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As a university athletic training student, the first thing we learned in class was how to tape an ankle. Taping the ankle was something athletic trainers would take pride in and it was always a competition as to who could tape the ankle the best and the quickest. But looking back now, after over 30 years of being an ATC, is ankle taping always appropriate for the ankle?

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5 Tips for Transitioning From Club to College Volleyball

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 20, 2017 4:11:24 PM / by Ashlee Pritchard posted in Volleyball

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With the start of club season, it might not seem like your freshman year of college is quickly approaching. But let me be one of the many to tell you that it will be here before you know it. Aside from continuing to work hard at improving your game, there are plenty of things that you can be doing to help get yourself ready to take that big step from club to college volleyball. 

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Basketball Ankle Braces Compared

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 17, 2017 1:38:44 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Injury Prevention, Ankle Bracing, Basketball

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The ankle is the number one injury in men’s and women’s high school and collegiate basketball. Regardless of how strong and conditioned an athlete is, it’s hard to prevent ankle injuries when you go up for a rebound and land on another player’s foot or you are cutting to the basket and accidentally step off another player’s shoe. Most of the time these ankle injuries occur when players make contact with each other and their ankle is forced to rotate inward excessively resulting in the classic inversion ankle sprain.

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How to Prevent Twisted Ankles While Hiking or Orienteering

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 27, 2017 12:02:22 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Injury Prevention, Ankle Bracing, Hiking

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The great outdoors offers individuals the opportunity to improve their fitness while enjoying the beautiful surroundings that nature has provided. Sometimes, however, those beautiful surroundings can offer unintended consequences – like twisting or spraining your ankle. It’s happened to almost everyone at some point in time – you didn’t see that hole underneath those leaves and now you have a grade 2 ankle sprain preventing you from temporarily enjoying the activity you love.

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The Best Ankle Brace for Tennis

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 10, 2017 1:04:28 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Injury Prevention, Ankle Bracing, Tennis

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Unlike most sports where ankle injuries are caused by players coming in contact with another athlete, this is certainly not the case in tennis. In tennis, the ankle injury is typically caused by extreme forward, backward and lateral movements that place significant stress on the ligaments of the ankle. These ligaments cannot handle the additional load and eventually an ankle injury occurs.

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