Athletic trainers see it all. We don’t need to read magazine articles or keep a close eye on professional sports to understand what the latest craze is among athletes. Popular products, training techniques, diets, miracle cures, and even hairstyles trickle down into every level and league imaginable. Some of the more aggravating aspects of sports culture seem to turn into annoying trends that spread from sport to sport and stick around for way too long. Listed below are a few that are slightly exasperating to me as an athletic trainer.
As the former president of Active Ankle® and current president of Ultra Ankle®, I’ve been designing, developing and advancing ankle bracing technology for over 35 years. In my experience of designing ankle braces, there is one thing I am sure of: there is a lot of misinformation being circulated about ankle braces and their effect on the body and athletic performance. Here is a breakdown of the most popular myths I commonly hear about ankle braces and what my answers to those questions as a certified athletic trainer are:
The athletic trainer is often spread thin to meet the needs of his or her employer, athletes, coaches, team physicians, athletic director, and parents. Many of us understood the trials of this profession before graduating with our bachelor’s degree, however, being our young and go-getting selves we pushed on, determined to overcome. After a few years as a certified I began to see how the stressors of being an athletic trainer could possibly not be worth their weight.
We're excited to announce that Ultra Ankle® has been named the title sponsor of the JVA Player Awards in partnership with the Junior Volleyball Association. This group of player awards include the Ultra Ankle JVA Watch List, Ultra Ankle JVA All-National Team, and Ultra Ankle AthLeader Awards.
We're excited to be kicking off another club volleyball tournament season in 2017! 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.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for volleyball players. Club season has officially begun and you are gearing up to head to your first tournament. Packing may seem like the easy part, but sometimes you’ll need more than you think for a two or three day tournament. Use this checklist to ensure nothing gets left behind and you have everything packed away in your bag that you need.
Every athletic trainer I know, including myself, loves what they do. The day in and day out tasks of working with athletes and teams to keep them safe, healthy, and performing at a high level is something I’ve been passionate about for years. As with any profession, however, there are some pet peeves I've developed over time that relate to my athletic training career. Here are some of them I wanted to share with you that myself and my friend/fellow athletic trainer, Gerald, put together for fun :
Short answer: Yes, in the majority of cases basketball players should wear an ankle brace.
As if spending hundreds (or thousands) of dollars a year on playing volleyball itself alone isn't enough, sometimes the volleyball player in your life deserves a little something extra. Whether you're shopping for holiday gifts, birthday presents, or just a little something to surprise your teammate/best friend one of these gifts would be perfect for the volleyball player in your life.
As a previous collegiate student athlete I can tell you my journey getting there was not as simple and easy as most people probably would think. I was not 6’0 tall, I was not the best of the best, and I did not come from a family of collegiate athletes that knew how the recruiting system worked. But I did know one thing – that I was going to do whatever it took to become a collegiate volleyball player.