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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 Ankle Bracing, Ankle Instability, Football

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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 Athletic Training, Ankle Bracing, Basketball

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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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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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