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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.

Recent Posts

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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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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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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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 Bracing, Ankle Injury Prevention, 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 Hiking, Ankle Injury Prevention, Ankle Bracing

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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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