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The Best Ankle Braces for Osteoarthritis

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2018 10:47:13 AM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Injuries

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Ankle osteoarthritis (OA) can be a very painful condition that can limit your activity level causing a negative impact on your quality of life. Ankle OA occurs when the articular cartilage in the ankle has worn away resulting in bone on bone irritation. 

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Why Lace-Up Ankle Braces Are No Longer Recommended

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 10, 2018 3:39:47 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Bracing

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In the 1990’s athletic trainers were spending considerable time and money taping the ankles of their players – a practice that some are still dedicated to today. During this time, lace-up ankle braces were introduced to reduce cost and save time, acting as essentially a reusable tape job that the athlete could apply themselves. As a result, lace-ups became popular as a low-cost alternative to taping the ankle. Now, lace-up style braces are inexpensive and readily available at all sporting goods stores – but are they the best option to protect your ankle from potential injuries?

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Do Volleyball Players Need to Wear Ankle Braces?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 14, 2018 3:42:20 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Sports, Volleyball, Ankle Bracing

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One thing is certain with volleyball, every year you play the sport it becomes more and more competitive, aggressive, and intense. With the increased level of play comes an increase in injuries, which are oftentimes more severe due to the higher level of intensity athletes are consistently performing at.

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Why Your Ankle Brace Needs to be Hinged, Supportive, and Comfortable

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 20, 2018 3:56:37 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Bracing

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While hinged braces might not be the most exciting topic in the world to discuss, it’s definitely an important one. Whether your joint has been injured, or you’re trying to prevent an injury from occurring, it is crucial that the brace you wear is effective in supporting and stabilizing your joint.

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Identifying and Treating Common Softball Injuries

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 12, 2018 10:03:32 AM / by Lauren Dybwad posted in Ankle Injury Prevention, Softball

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Preventative Ankle Bracing for Lineman

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2018 8:38:30 AM / by Rick Peters posted in Football, Ankle Instability, Ankle Bracing

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We are all familiar with preventative knee bracing for lineman, but what about the ankle? After all, when these big guys are battling in the trenches they tend to get their ankle stepped on, fallen on and overall abused. Many times, the mechanism of injury is external rotation which causes the dreaded syndesmotic (high) ankle injury. With the amount of exposures these linemen have to ankle injuries in practice and games would it be wise for them to use both preventative knee and ankle bracing?

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Improving Basketball Ankle Brace Compliance

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 7, 2018 5:07:19 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Basketball, Athletic Training, Ankle Bracing

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During basketball season there is not a day that goes by where I don’t get a Google Alert about some NBA, WNBA or NCAA star basketball player that is out because of an ankle injury.

This season one NBA superstar has been out three times due to a reoccurring ankle injury to the same ankle. Despite years of chronic ankle instability, and many minutes of playing time lost, will this superstar wear an ankle brace when he returns? Probably not … but why is that? Here is an elite athlete that makes millions from his spectacular play that is now becoming undependable and unreliable due to a reoccurring ankle injury that (in my opinion) could be fixed with an effective and functional ankle brace.

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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. 

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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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