Even though ankle sprains are the most common type of injury in soccer, the last thing a soccer player wants to do is wear an ankle brace.

In most instances, those who choose to wear ankle braces are the ones who suffer from chronic ankle instability due to repeat ankle injuries. To keep their ankles healthy and to be able to play the game, soccer players need to have a lightweight, preventative ankle brace option that won’t restrict their natural range of motion while still allowing for full foot and ball control.

When it comes to ankle braces for soccer, any type of brace will limit the mobility of your ankle to some degree, but there comes a point where getting injured and not playing is hurting your game more than losing a little bit of performance while wearing an ankle brace. It’s important to keep in mind that not all ankle braces are created equal. Some are built for performance, and others are made to restrict all ankle movement.

Performance-based ankle braces feature a hinge to prevent low ankle injuries. Some, like the Ultra Zoom, have a hinged-cuff design to help prevent both ankle twisting and turning that cause low and high ankle sprains. If you’re a soccer player looking to limit your performance as little as possible while wearing an ankle brace, the Ultra Zoom is your best option for lightweight, low-profile ankle protection. It only restricts any excessive movement that may result in an injury while allowing all the natural movement of your ankle.

You’ll play better and play more, losing less time to injuries.