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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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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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Should Basketball Players Wear Ankle Braces?

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 19, 2016 10:31:25 AM / by Rick Peters posted in Basketball

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Short answer: Yes, in the majority of cases basketball players should wear an ankle brace. 

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Ankle Bracing by the Numbers

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 28, 2016 11:43:44 AM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Bracing, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Football

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While wearing an ankle brace to prevent ankle injuries may seem like common sense to some athletes, many participants of sports with a high incidence of ankle injuries still don't find the value in wearing a preventative ankle brace. 

Since there are an estimated 25,000 ankle sprains every day in the United States, we wanted to create an infographic that illustrated what that number means in the variety of sports that have athletes that wear preventative ankle bracing.

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