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The risk of an sprained ankle and other such injuries has been shown time and again to be significantly reduce by wearing ankle supports and braces. Intelligently designed products such as the lightweight Aircast AirSport, Aircast A60 ( as worn by tennis star Andrew Murray) and the Donjoy Rocketsoc provide fantastic support for the treatment and prevention of an ankle sprain, which is a highly common sports injury.
An ankle brace or support works by providing physical restraint and reinforcing the supporting action of the ankle ligaments such as the anterior talofibula ligament, calcaneofibula ligament, deltoid ligament, tolonavicular ligament and posterior talofibula ligament. Ankle supports and braces also provide sensory feedback to the sensory nerve around the ankle which improves a patient's sense of proprioception. This is the ability to know where a joint is positioned without looking at it. Compromised proprioception can lead to an ankle sprain so proprioception training forms a large part of sprained ankle rehabilitation during physiotherapy treatment.
Overall by wearing an ankle brace or support the likeliness of twisting an ankle or rolling an ankle is greatly reduced.
Special ankle supports and braces for football are available at PhysioRoom.com. The Mueller Soccer Ankle Support has a special high cut to provide protection from a sprained ankle, while still allowing foot movement that is necessary for football.