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Rick Peters

Rick Peters
Rick Peters is a Certified Athletic Trainer who has been advancing ankle bracing technology for three decades. Peters patented his first ankle brace in 1985, revolutionizing the industry by adding a hinge to traditional stirrup braces for greater mobility. In 1989 he was a founder and became President of Active Ankle Systems. In 1998 he co-founded Ultra Athlete LLC to develop the next generation of ankle bracing technology. Peters has 18 ankle brace patents and is considered an authority on ankle bracing technology worldwide.

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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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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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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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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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Ultra Ankle Zoom vs. Lace-Up Ankle Braces

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 3, 2017 9:35:32 AM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Bracing

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Some sports have a very high incidence of ankle injuries, so coaches and athletic trainers often times will require athletes to wear an ankle brace to help prevent the ankle injury. Yes, ankle braces can prevent some ankle injuries, however, they are really designed to lessen the severity should an injury occur. Wearing an ankle brace could be the difference in getting a grade 1 ankle sprain and missing two days of activity instead of getting a grade 2 ankle sprain and missing three weeks of activity.

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Football Ankle Braces Compared

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2017 3:31:49 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Injury Prevention, Ankle Bracing, Acute Ankle Injuries

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Football ankle sprains are extremely common and are often a reason why players are forced to miss multiple practices and games each season. When it comes to determining the appropriate ankle brace for football players, it’s important to start by evaluating the position you play and then the injury history you have.

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What to Do When You Sprain Your Ankle

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 25, 2017 3:11:22 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Bracing

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Seeing as an estimated 25,000 ankle sprains occur per day in the United States, it’s no surprise that thousands of people each day are looking for ways to remedy their newly injured ankle. As an athletic trainer who has diagnosed and treated thousands of ankle injuries over the past thirty years, here is my step-by-step guide for what you should do when you sprain your ankle.

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My Favorite “Non-Athletic” Athlete Injuries

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2017 3:26:56 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Athletic Training

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As athletic trainers I feel like we’ve heard every story in the book when it comes to injuries that supposedly happened “at practice” or “during the game” but just so happened to not be reported until the following day. Coincidentally enough, these mysterious injuries usually surface on Monday mornings or after an extended break.

Typically, when the athlete describes how the injury occurs, the explanation sounds a little fishy and the more you probe for details, the more the story keeps changing. At this point in the conversation you’ve probably concluded the athlete is suffering from what we call a “non-athletic” athlete injury. Recently I was reminded of some of these stories and wanted to share three of my favorites I’ve heard over the years.

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