>I've been using the Safety Ankle Brace from Stuffit Volleyball ... for
>two years now and have not suffered a sprain since I started wearing
Have they actually prevented any sprains in that time? i.e. were
there any situations where you would have sprained an ankle except
that you were wearing these braces?
BTW, are there any recommended ways to plant your feet as you're
*landing*? From simple biomechanics, I hypothesize that you should
land on both feet, with your soles flat, with your knees slightly
bent. Don't land toes-first: if your toes get caught on something
on the way down, like a blocker's shoe, your whole foot will pivot
around your ankle in ways Nature never intended. I did this while
walking down a staircase a few years ago; my foot overshot the
stair, my heel just barely grazed the edge and slipped over, my
toes got driven into the next stair down, and my foot and leg flexed
relative to each other like an elbow does when you do a push-up,
only ankles aren't elbows.
About four times in recent memory, I've nigh-sprained an ankle and
escaped without injury. That's where I roll my foot on something
and come down *** the edge, only my knee(s) buckle and/or I
rotate my hips before I put any real weight on my foot, and instead
of spraining anything, I just end up on my butt, or close to it,
with momentary ankle soreness. Lucky, I guess ... but it seems to
me that one can sometimes avert an injury-in-progress with a
suitably *** bail-out maneuver.