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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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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 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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The Best Ankle Brace for Tennis

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

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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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