Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in sport and they also have a really high re-injury rate. Today we decided to show you the research around one of the best ways to prevent ankle sprain re-injury and what our recommendations for ankle braces are.
Just how common are ankle sprains
A whopping, quarter of all sporting injuries are ankle sprains
There are over 100 000 ankle sprains or strains each year in NZ
There is a twofold increased risk of a second sprain for at least 1-year post-injury(1)
The best ways to prevent ankle sprains happening again
The best ways to prevent ankle sprains happening and happening again is simple.
The first is to warm up well.
The second is to rehab your ankle and follow through with your ankle rehab. This can be as easy as using a balance board each day but at times can be complicated so it is best to be guided by a physio
Thirdly, using a brace for up to 1-year post ankle sprain during dynamic activity has been shown to reduce injury rate even more than rehab/strengthening! Part of this may be due to the fact that only about a quarter of people follow their rehab properly and only half actually do it at all. (2)
Combine a warm-up with ankle retraining and a brace and you have the best chance of it not happening again 🙂
How effective are ankle braces
As you can see from the infographic below, bracing has been shown to be very effective in reducing re-injury rate with re-injury rate coming down to 15%. This study was done using lace-up ankle braces.
What brace is best
The most effective is the lace-up ankle braces with figure 8 stabilizing straps. HERE is a link to where you can order one online straight from our suppliers. Alternatively, you can pop into the clinic!
Conclusion: Rehab your ankle properly and follow your physios advice to the T. Using an ankle brace can definitely help prevent re-injury, particularly if you have injured the ankle previously.