Lace-up ankle braces may help prevent ankle sprains and fractures in high school basketball players, a new research has shown.
"We wanted to see whether the use of lace-up ankle braces is a viable option for injury prevention in high school basketball players," said lead researcher, Timothy A. McGuine, PhD, ATC, with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"Basketball has one of the higher rates for ankle injuries, and this study illustrates how a simple brace can help keep an athlete on the court."
The study focused on a total of 1,460 male and female basketball players (between the ages of 13-18) from 46 high schools across the US. Athletes were divided into a braced group, who wore a synthetic, fabric, lace-up ankle brace, and a control group with no brace. A total of 78 acute ankle injuries occurred in the control group, compared to 27 injures in the braced group.
"Seeing more than three times the amount of acute ankle injuries without the brace is a telling statistic," said McGuine.
"Having more players wear a brace on a regular basis would help prevent injury," he added.
The study was presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in San Diego.