3 Benefits Of Wearing An Ankle Brace While Playing Sports

6th March 2018
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Simple preventative measures can go a long way in protecting your body against injury, especially ankle injuries like a sprain or fracture.

Due to the rigorous “start and stop” nature of sports such as basketball, soccer, and baseball, ankle braces are a helpful accessory to wear during practice to keep your ankles secure and protected.


Many ankle injuries occur with some type of rapid change in direction or weight shifting that causes the ankle to roll, turn awkwardly, or suddenly twist.

Ankle sprains vary in the grade of severity depending on how badly the ligaments connecting the bones of the joint are stretched past their limits (or even torn).

Research also shows that your risk of injuring your ankle increases if you have previously sprained or fractured it.

If you are looking into ankle braces for increased support and protection, don’t miss this quick list of benefits:

1. Provides Support For Weak Joints

Depending on the strength of your bones and joints, you may be more predisposed to an injury.

If you’ve sprained your ankle or had some type of ankle injury before, you may want to take the preventative measures of wearing a brace to better stabilize your joint during physical activity.

Many ankle braces are made from a material that is stretchy and compact so that it perfectly moulds against the ankle.

Ankle braces may slide up over your foot and ankle like a sleeve or wrap around like an Ace bandage.

2. Calms Pain And Swelling

If you are feeling noticeable pangs of discomfort and swelling in your ankle, an ankle brace can help to alleviate that tension by compressing the injured tissues.

Compression combats inflammation by promoting fluid flow (like lactic acid) up and away from the injured area, and by triggering the body to use deeper and narrower blood vessels for circulating blood.

Tight but breathable fabric reduces swelling which mitigates pain and stiffness.

3. Absorbs Impact

Sports like basketball and volleyball require a ton of springing and vertical jumping.

That type of stress as you make contact with the ground both lifting up and coming back down can be detrimental to the integrity of your ankles.

Depending on how high your vertical jump may be, landing with specific force at the wrong angle is one of the most common ways that ankle tweaks occur.

A well-fitted ankle brace can help absorb the shock from a jump landing, lessening the impact on your ankle joint altogether.

Ankle braces can’t do all the work on their own, however.

Protective ankle care must also involve ice therapy and elevation to aid swelling, stretching activities to strengthen and improve joint flexibility, and of course, rest to allow for tissue repair.

If ankle pain persists despite wearing a prophylactic brace, contact your doctor or sports therapist for a more comprehensive diagnosis.

Joe Fleming is the President at ViveHealth.com.

Interested in all things related to living a healthy lifestyle, he enjoys sharing and expressing his passion through writing.

Working to motivate others and defeat aging stereotypes, Joe uses his writing to help all people overcome the obstacles of life.

Covering topics that range from physical health, wellness, and aging all the way to social, news, and inspirational pieces with the goal of helping others “rebel against age”.

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