We’re big advocates of youth sports and promoting safe, healthy activities among today’s kids.
Many of our customers are parents interested in learning more about ankle braces for their child who are unsure where to start and share the same questions and concerns.
An Ultra Ankle brace may be the best solution for your child if they currently wear a different ankle brace but:
- Still sprains or twists their ankle
- Constantly cracks or breaks their ankle braces
- Wears a lace-up ankle brace and wants to improve their performance
- Experiences discomfort during activity
If you’re new to ankle bracing and starting your research, we would recommend the following resources:
Why Ultra Ankle?
Unlike options you can purchase in big box sporting goods stores, Ultra Ankle braces are professional-level ankle braces that use the latest advanced materials and designs. They have been thoroughly field-tested by collegiate athletes to offer a level of support, performance, and durability you can’t get from over-the-counter ankle braces.
If your child is still getting sprained ankles while wearing an ankle brace, they are most likely wearing an outdated tie-up ankle support or a loose fitting, oversized rigid plastic support. The Ultra Zoom brace was designed with a hinged-cuff, flexible soft shell to give youth athletes the natural range of motion they need to keep their muscles strong while preventing any excessive movement that’s going to cause an injury and result in chronic ankle instability down the road.
You never want to bind or tie-up your child’s ankle joint to restrict its natural range of motion. This will lessen the support and limit their ability to walk, run, or jump and it can hinder their performance. Just as you would never tie-up your knee to support that joint, you don’t bind up your child’s ankles either.
The Ultra Zoom’s Performathane flexible soft shell absorbs your child’s body heat to form fit to their ankle. The closer we can get to the joint, the more we can control excessive joint movement. Any brace that goes under the insole of your shoe and has tall, rigid plastic sides relies on the shoe to help support the ankle rather than the brace. Not only does this make them less effective for ankle protection, the rigid plastic also makes the braces more prone to breaking. Because they are worn over the sock, hinged-cuff ankle braces like the Ultra Zoom will move with your child’s joint, not with their shoe.
In many sports, it’s not about the strength of your child’s ankle or their ability to prevent ankle injuries themselves, it’s the environmental factors, such as jumping and landing on another player’s foot, that typically cause sprained ankles. For this reason, we recommend that anyone who plays a sport, such as volleyball and basketball where they do a significant amount of jumping in close proximity to other players, consider wearing preventative ankle braces. In football, lineman are highly exposed to ankle sprains because their ankles are often stepped or landed on. This can result in the more severe high ankle sprains. For other sports, ankle braces are typically worn after an injury has been sustained to help prevent further injuries and additional damage to the ankle ligaments.
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