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Ankle Braces Can Prevent Injuries in Women's Volleyball

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Wearing an ankle brace can help you avoid a spain. A study published in the February 2008 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that ankle braces may help college volleyball players avoid ankle sprains.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine compared the rate of sprained ankles among Penn female volleyball players who were required to wear a padded brace on each ankle to the injury rate sustained in more than 800,000 NCAA practices and games over a 17-year period.

They found that there were 797 ankle injuries in the NCAA group (0.98 for every 1,000 exposures), compared to only one injury during 13,500 games and practices of the Penn teams (0.07 per 1,000). And almost half of the 132 Penn players had suffered ankle sprains before they began play at the intercollegiate level.

The Penn players wore active ankle braces.

Tags: Ankle, Volleyball, Injury Prevention, Weekend