Yes, there is etiquette for being a great volleyball parent. After paying all of that money and investing all of your time into your child’s sport, you don’t want to end up being that parent, do you? You know, the one screaming from the sidelines at the officials and players, bugging the coach before/during/after practice, or causing a scene after a loss.
“Which volleyball ankle brace should I choose?”
That’s the question I hear all of the time as an athletic trainer with over 30 years of experience specializing in ankle injuries and ankle injury prevention. For as common as ankle injuries are in today’s sports (over 25,000 ankle injuries occur each day in the U.S.), it surprises me that there isn't more available information about which ankle brace is the most effective for the various sports and athletes.
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.
Lace-up ankle braces were invented in 1887 (over 125 years ago!!) and are still a commonly recommended bracing option for athletes despite how serious they are about their performance and injury prevention. For players that are looking to help prevent ankle injuries while maximizing their athletic performance a century-old corset design, such as a lace-up brace, won’t get the job done.