|> Say... What are the air casts that the Canadaian National Team wear?
|> After hearing so many good things about them, I am interested in
|> checking them out. I have rolled my ankles enough in the past few years
|> to want to avoid the situation. Well, if I would just stay out of some
|> of the lower level volleyball leagues, I'd probably avoid it... But, you
|> know what I mean.
|> Oops, that is Canadian up there... My typo...
|> - Mike -
AirCast's are molded plastic "splints" with an inflatable liner. They
restrict lateral motion (turning) of the ankle, but allow full rotational
motion (like doing calf raises, etc) for running, jumping, etc. The sides
of the splint are held on (outside your sock) by wide velcro straps and the
bottom goes inside your shoe. The two sides are connected at the bottom by
a piece of cloth, similar to a stirrup. They are very light and very easy
to get used to playing in.
I tore the ligamant (sp?) in my right ankle and had to wear one for the
rest of the season. This was 4 years ago, I started the next season
without it and haven't used it since.
The biggest problem with sprained ankles is the tendancy to get back on
them too soon and then re-injur the joint. The second injury is often
worse than the first, which needs even more time off. If the person again
comes back too soon, the chances of re-injury are even greater.... and
so on... and so on.
The benefit of the AirCast is that it allows the athlete to get back to
playing while providing the support that is needed and allowing the ankle
to heal. Many people wear them as an injury preventative device. IMHO,
this is a mistake. If support is provided for the joint, the joint will
never "learn" to support itself. On the other hand, if your ankles
have deteriorated enough, they might allow you to keep playing without
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