Ankle supports?

Ankle supports?

Post by Eric J. Flu » Sat, 22 Oct 1994 02:24:10


Hello everyone, I'm looking for some info.  I'm relatively new to volleyball,
having started a few months ago.  I've had problems with my ankles over the
past few years (several serious sprains), and have resorted to wearing
custom-made foam ankle supports + high-tops while playing basketball.  I've
seen a lot of indoor volleyball players (e.g. Georgia Tech womens' team)
wearing what look like air-casts on their ankles. I've never seen these used  
in basketball, so I was wondering how well they work.  Do they restrict
movement very much?  Opinions?  Where can I get a pair, and how much do they
cost?

I really appreciate the help. Thanks,
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Ankle supports?

Post by Stu Collin » Sat, 22 Oct 1994 23:04:16

Eric,

As Joe notes, Spike Nashbar sells "Active Ankle Supports", and there
are a number of college teams which are automatically putting all of
their players into these. These supports are intended to allow the
ankle to flex forwards and backwards, but not side to side.

It might be noted though that there is some talk (perhaps among the
less-well-informed :-) that these are not always a good idea. The
thought it that if you begin to roll the ankle the brace will keep
it from rolling and instead all of the pressure will be sent
straight up the leg... To the knee. And knee injuries do not heal
nearly so "quickly and easily" as ankle injuries.

Stu

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Ankle supports?

Post by Denton Bobeld » Sun, 23 Oct 1994 02:51:52

Quote:

>It might be noted though that there is some talk (perhaps among the
>less-well-informed :-) that these are not always a good idea. The
>thought it that if you begin to roll the ankle the brace will keep
>it from rolling and instead all of the pressure will be sent
>straight up the leg... To the knee. And knee injuries do not heal
>nearly so "quickly and easily" as ankle injuries.

Hmm... Could it be that if for example, you happen to land on a ball
w/o the ankle brace that your ankle would immediately be affected, whereas
if you had the ankle brace on, your ankle would try to bend, but the brace
would keep it from moving, and by the time it worked up to your knee, your
natural reflexes could've adjusted so, so that you won't take any damage to
your knee.  just a thought...

        -DJB