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Debunking the Ankle Braces Impairment Myth

October 1, 2018

Studies show that ankle braces do not affect performance, speed or agility; yet there are some athletes who still think braces slow them down or impair their ability. Two researchers share their findings on performance with Active Ankle braces. Read this to help educate and protect your athletes. Read More

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To Brace or Not to Brace: That is the Question!

June 1, 2018

According to a 2017 study [1], lateral ankle sprains were the most common injury in US college student athletes, with men’s and women’s basketball having the highest rates. In addition, the authors reported that athletes were 3 times more likely to sprain their ankle in competition compared to practice, although most ankle sprains occurred during practice. Researchers [2, 3] have also reported that athletes were 2 to 3 times more likely to sprain their ankle when not wearing an ankle brace. Several systematic reviews confirm that ankle braces can prevent recurrent ankle sprains [4-6].

Despite these facts, ankle bracing remains a controversial topic. Some believe that ankle bracing may impair performance or even increase injuries! There is so much information out there. Athletes, coaches, parents, and athletic trainers often want to know, “Should we wear ankle braces?” And if the answer is “yes,” the daunting task of choosing the appropriate brace begins.

First, we need to address some myths about ankle bracing. Let’s start with the facts: Read More

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The new Active Ankle Eclipse I and II: Rigid, multi-sport ankle braces that live up to their name

August 19, 2016

One definition of the word “eclipse” is to “outdo somebody or something.” With that in mind, it’s easy to see why Active Ankle chose the name Eclipse for the new line of multi-sport rigid ankle braces. The Eclipse I and Eclipse II braces were developed following extensive field research, and perfected through trials with athletes on both the court and the field. Eclipse braces offer best-in-class features that offer maximum support and protection, and improved mobility, comfort and durability. Read More

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Give your athletes the support they need… With Nano Flex Compression Supports

October 6, 2015

Cramer’s line of Nano Flex compression supports for the ankle, knee, calf and elbow are an ideal solution when you need targeted compression to enhance performance or speed recovery. Read More

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Long Term Success

March 4, 2013

I first became aware of Active Ankle over 17 years ago, when I was an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii. I saw how effectively Active Ankle braces protected… Read More

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