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Even though they aren’t the most common ankle issue, acute ankle injuries tend to be discussed more among athletic trainers and sports medicine professionals since they can be the most damaging to an athlete and their career. But what about the most common, less-discussed ankle issue that is prevalent among today’s athletes both young and old? I’m talking about non-acute mild/moderate ankle instability.

Let’s say an athlete has a brief history of previous ligament injuries to the same ankle and they play a sport with a high incidence of ankle injuries, like basketball or volleyball. One goal as an athletic trainer would be to stop the cycle of ankle injury to prevent more severe problems down the road – but what are the best injury prevention methods for mild/moderate ankle instability?

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When it comes to ankle bracing, specifically preventative ankle bracing, the goal should be to allow as much free ROM as possible while restricting excessive movement that causes injury.  It’s the same with preventative knee bracing.  Performance bracing means “Support” with “Mobility.”  As an ATC you get what you want, “support” and the athlete gets what they want, “mobility.”

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