During basketball season there is not a day that goes by where I don’t get a Google Alert about some NBA, WNBA or NCAA star basketball player that is out because of an ankle injury.

This season one NBA superstar has been out three times due to a reoccurring ankle injury to the same ankle. Despite years of chronic ankle instability, and many minutes of playing time lost, will this superstar wear an ankle brace when he returns? Probably not … but why is that? Here is an elite athlete that makes millions from his spectacular play that is now becoming undependable and unreliable due to a reoccurring ankle injury that (in my opinion) could be fixed with an effective and functional ankle brace.


If you were like me as an undergrad, then you remember having different preceptors show you how they like to do things in the clinic such as types of treatments, tapings, or bracings. No doubt most of what you learned as a student has stuck with you in your own practice as a now certified athletic trainer. The only problem is how do we know that what we are doing in the clinic is actually the best method of treatment/care?


What is your go-to ankle brace for acute ankle injuries? Don’t have one? It turns out you’re not alone.

When it comes to bracing acute ankle injuries, many AT’s end up using a walking boot because they are lacking a sufficient ankle brace alternative. Seeing this void in the marketplace led the ATs at Ultra Ankle to develop the first ankle brace specifically designed to treat/brace acute ankle injuries – the Ultra CTS (Custom Treatment System).

With the Ultra CTS ankle brace we address the two features needed most when bracing acute ankle injuries – maximum ankle and lower leg stabilization combined with reducing weight bearing pain. 



As athletic trainers I feel like we’ve heard every story in the book when it comes to injuries that supposedly happened “at practice” or “during the game” but just so happened to not be reported until the following day. Coincidentally enough, these mysterious injuries usually surface on Monday mornings or after an extended break.

Typically, when the athlete describes how the injury occurs, the explanation sounds a little fishy and the more you probe for details, the more the story keeps changing. At this point in the conversation you’ve probably concluded the athlete is suffering from what we call a “non-athletic” athlete injury. Recently I was reminded of some of these stories and wanted to share three of my favorites I’ve heard over the years.



As an AT I work a lot of tournaments where I hear “Why am I injuring my ankle even though I wear an ankle brace?”  As all AT’s know, braces are designed to lessen the severity should an injury occur, but are you recommending the most effective ankle brace to help prevent those injuries?

Evaluating the most effective ankle brace starts with taking a look at it’s design and ability to provide long-lasting joint support. Any ankle brace can feel supportive when you first apply it, but what happens to that brace in 30 minutes? An hour? Is there any support left?  Here is a breakdown as to why some brace designs work well for long-lasting ankle support, while others fall short.



Athletic trainers see it all. We don’t need to read magazine articles or keep a close eye on professional sports to understand what the latest craze is among athletes. Popular products, training techniques, diets, miracle cures, and even hairstyles trickle down into every level and league imaginable. Some of the more aggravating aspects of sports culture seem to turn into annoying trends that spread from sport to sport and stick around for way too long. Listed below are a few that are slightly exasperating to me as an athletic trainer.



The athletic trainer is often spread thin to meet the needs of his or her employer, athletes, coaches, team physicians, athletic director, and parents. Many of us understood the trials of this profession before graduating with our bachelor’s degree, however, being our young and go-getting selves we pushed on, determined to overcome. After a few years as a certified I began to see how the stressors of being an athletic trainer could possibly not be worth their weight.



Every athletic trainer I know, including myself, loves what they do. The day in and day out tasks of working with athletes and teams to keep them safe, healthy, and performing at a high level is something I’ve been passionate about for years. As with any profession, however, there are some pet peeves I’ve developed over time that relate to my athletic training career. Here are some of them I wanted to share with you that myself and my friend/fellow athletic trainer, Gerald, put together for fun :



Since athletic trainer’s are in the midst of one of the busiest times of their year, we thought it might be fun to post a reminder of five things we as athletic trainer’s are tired of hearing this time of year. I teamed up with my good friend and fellow athletic trainer, Glen Snow, to write this blog and it’s our hope that you’ll end up sharing it with your good friends that happen to be fellow ATCs as well. (more…)


It’s that time of year when athletic trainers start purchasing supplies for the upcoming season. By now you’ve probably completed your comprehensive inventory and have a good idea of what you have in stock and what you need to order. Make sure you get the products you need while getting the most out of your budget with these five tips: