Ankle brace shown to prevent injuries in basketball players
A study revealed that wearing a lace-up ankle brace may reduce instances of injury in athletes, many of whom are prone to bunions and other lower extremity problems.
A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison recently revealed that high school basketball players had a significantly lower rate of ankle injuries when they wore a lace-up brace while playing, compared to their counterparts who did not wear a brace.
In fact, 78 injuries occurred in the control group, compared to just 27 in the group that wore the brace.
"Seeing [three times] the amount of acute ankle injuries without the brace is a telling statistic," said lead researcher, Timothy McGuine. "Having more players wear a brace on a regular basis would help prevent injury."
Basketball players and other athletes commonly develop injuries and problems with their feet, ankles, knees and hips as a result of making frequent stopping and starting motions. Bunions and hammer toe happen to be among such issues, and these deformities can lead to injuries in other joints.