BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY BIOMECHANICS LAB PUBLISHES WHITE PAPER ON THE ANKLE ROLL GUARD (Jan 2018)
- “Of all the devices (Ankle Roll Guard, Brace, Tape), only the Ankle Roll Guard appears to allow the user normal ankle motion (i.e. typical anatomical joint motion), while preventing excessive ankle inversion” -–Tyler Brown, PhD, CSCS, Director COBR
- Conclusion: The Ankle Roll Guard may provide similar prevention of excessive inversion as either the brace or tape, but without the mechanical restriction of the joint that reportedly limits physical performance when wearing ankle prophylactic devices. With the Ankle Roll Guard, participants exhibited more natural ankle motions (i.e. plantar flexion) during both the sudden inversion event and vertical jump. This motion allowed the participants to perform better during the vertical jump with the Ankle Roll Guard as compared to the more restrictive brace and tape.
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Ankle Roll Guard Comparison to Braces & Tape
Ankle Sprain Statistics & Information
- According to ACSM, 25,000 Americans suffer from an ankle sprain each day (9 million annually). Ankle sprains account for almost half of all sports injuries.
- More than 80 percent of ankle sprains are a result of inversion, or inward rolling, of the ankle.
- Sprained ankles have been estimated to constitute up to 30% of injuries seen in sports medicine clinics and are the most frequently seen musculoskeletal injury seen by primary care providers (Mahaffey D, Hilts M, Fields KB. Ankle and foot injuries in sports. Clin Fam Pract; 1999:1(1):233-50.)
- 41% of all sports related ankle sprains are basketball related, according to the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Of the 740 players randomly assigned to wear lace-up ankle braces, 27 suffered an ankle sprain or fracture over one basketball season. Once the ankle "goes," McGuine said, a brace may not do anything to limit the severity of the injury. SOURCE: American Journal of Sports Medicine, online July 27, 2011; Timothy A. McGuine, PhD, ATC, UW Health Sports Medicine Center, 621 Science Drive, Madison, WI 53711
Ankle Brace & Taping - Impact on Agility & Strength
Basketball Players - Beware Of Ankle Braces! By Alan Stein
- School of Kinesiology, Lakehead University study in the International Journal of Sports Science on the effect of wearing ankle braces on athletic performance. "Conclusions: These findings suggest that ankle bracing may have a negative impact on vertical jump height, regardless of the type of brace worn." http://article.sapub.org/10.5923.j.sports.20160604.02.html
- "The use of the lace-up or semi-rigid ankle braces or taping negatively affected agility performance. We feel reasonably confident in our results because ankle braces restrict inversion and eversion ranges of motion." Source: Ambegaonkar JP, Redmond C, Winter C, et al. Effects of ankle stabilizers on vertical jump, agility, and dynamic balance performance. Foot Ankle Spec 2011;4(6):366-372. Jatin P. Ambegaonkar, PhD, ATC, OT, CSCS, is associate professor of athletic training, codirector of the Sports Medicine Assessment, Research, and Testing (SMART) Laboratory, and coordinator of the Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion Program at George Mason University
- "When your foot/ankle are dependent on the support provided by the high tops and ankle braces, the muscles basically stop working as they no longer need to work. My ankles had gotten so weak from the braces, that they couldn't support me at all." Source: McLarty, Danny CSCS. "How to Develop Ankle Mobility". Youth Basketball Online, 2013
- “A review of the literature (meta-analysis) found ankle supporting devices, including taping, semi-rigid braces, and lace-up braces, to have minimal effects on non-elite athletes, and others even found increased risk with brace use.” Source: May 2013 issue of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine; Epidemiology of US High School Sports-Related Ligamentous Ankle Injuries, 2005/06–2010/11
- “Coley Kyman never wore ankle braces again after his injury and believes that wearing them constantly makes an athlete dependent on them. Plus, there’s the chance that wearing them might actually make the injury more severe as it did in his case and in a recent case in Texas in which a woman is suing because she believes the same thing happened to her.” Source: Beverly Oden, About.com Guide; http://volleyball.about.com/od/ncaa/a/The-Ankle-Injury-That-Ended-Coley-Kymans-Career.htm
Do NOT Wear Ankle Braces! Here's why...By Scott Malin, CPT
Articles & Interviews
Weartesters.com Review and Founder Interview
The New Alternative to Braces for Ankle Sprain Prevention & Rehab
Dr. Robert Weil, DPM Interviews Inventor Chris Dean on SportsDocRadio in Chicago on the benefits of the AnkleRollGuard to prevent ankle sprains. Interview starts about 22 minutes in:
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