Ankle Supports for Football (Soccer)


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Ankle Supports for Football (Soccer)

  1. 1. ==== ====get this product with special price at : ====When choosing an ankle support for football it is important to consider the following:How much support you needThat it will fit comfortably into your bootsThat it works with other protective gear - mainly the shin padsThat the necessary motion at the ankle for running/manoeuvres is not reducedFirstly, lets look at the types of ankle brace or support available:Simple ankle supportsThese tend to be neoprene or elasticated sleeves or wrap-around supports with no additionalmetal or plastic parts or straps. They give compression, heat retention and very low-level support,although would provide no resistance against turning the ankle over. These are suitable for minorsprains to help reduce swelling and for those who want something warm around the joint.Examples include the Neo-G ankle support and the Vulcan silicon ankle supportStabilised ankle supportsThese are similar to the above although also contain some form of additional support. Commonadditions include a lightweight metal or plastic stay embedded in the side of the support, or a crossover or figure of 8 strap. Because of this extra stabilization these provide a little more supportwhilst still remaining relatively slim line and so are generally good for minor to moderate anklesprains when returning to play. Examples include the LP775 and the Donjoy strapping elasticsupport.Lace-up ankle supportsLace-up supports are very popular and provide moderate to high support, depending on the deviceused. They tend to be a canvas type material which lace-up at the front. Most have a u-shapedmetal spring embedded in each side of the support. Others may have wider plastic splints or crossover straps. Some of these are bulkier than others and may reduce the necessary ankle range ofmotion so this should always be considered as doing this could lead to other injuries. Examplesinclude the Mueller universal ATF and the McDavid 199T.High level supportsThe braces which provide the greatest support tend to have a combination of stays and straps, orhave very wide, rigid plastic stays down each side of the ankle. Whilst these do provide good
  2. 2. support, it is important to consider the fit in the boot and also the use of shin pads or guards withthem. It will probably not be possible to use the type of shin pad which has ankle guards and astrap under the heel, although strapless ones may be suitable. Examples include the Aircast A60and the PSB sports ankle brace.So, going back to the original questions:How much support is neededFor minor to moderate ankle sprains a simple or stabilised support should be fine. For severe,repetitive ankle sprains and fractures, a lace-up or higher level support may be required.Will it fit comfortably in football bootMost simple or stabilised supports will fit. For lace-up and high level supports, avoid anything withvery wide plastic parts down each side.Will it work with other protective gear?This isnt too much of a problem, although with supports with plastic stays, be prepared to have tochange your shin guards.Necessary motion is not reducedLace-up supports are most likely to limit the ankle motion into plantarflexion and dorsiflexion.If when choosing an ankle support for football, you bear in mind the above four points, you shouldfind something which provides the support levels and comfort you require.Heidi Mills BSc Hons GSR is a Graduate Sports Rehabilitator who runs a sports injury clinic inNorwich (UK). She also works for http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.netArticle Source: