The Pros and
Cons of Volleyball Ankle Supports
Read facts about volleyball ankle supports. Why volleyball players
should or should not use ankle support? What volleyball players should
take into account when choosing the volleyball ankle brace?
Volleyball Ankle Supports
There are very few setbacks more annoying than an injury. And if
wearing an ankle support offers preventative benefits against injury
and recovery benefits after an injury, then why do so many volleyball
players do without it?
The main reason might simply lie in the lack of knowledge about this
topic. A study in the Journal of Athletic Training in 2002 revealed
very little negative performance effects of ankle bracing
that the range of motion during static measurements limited the kinds
of motions typically associated with ankle injuries.
motions such as plantar flexion were reduced by 9.7 degrees of motion
and inversion by 14.9 degrees of motion¹, a viable difference
considering most significant ankle injuries result in one of the two.
Yet interestingly enough, the study goes on to show that the same
athletes who had a slightly limited range of motion in their ankle had
no significant differences in key performance activities such as
sprinting and jumping
. The results between a control group
and a group
wearing ankle support indicated no substantial performance setbacks, a
compelling reason to use one for volleyball training.
So if there are very few downsides to using an
ankle support, what are
the positive aspects of integrating one into your training?
Benefits of Using Volleyball Ankle Supports
The two most profound benefits that come to mind are:
As discussed in the study published in 2002, there is a substantial
amount of evidence from various sources to indicate that ankle
significantly decrease dangerous ankle motions from occurring.
help prevent an injury before it happens.
"Example of the Mechanical Model"
"Mechanical model" is commonly used ankle support for volleyball injury
Mechanical models are very durable and allow secure mobility for the
To read more about braces for the injury prevention, please go to the volleyball
ankle braces page.
The added stability and reduced harmful motion of an ankle support
provides the additional benefit of recovering from an injury after the
Reduced plantar flexion and inversion means less of the same
motions that probably injured the ankle in the first place. (Ankle
support prevents "ankle sprain" by limiting the dangerous ankle
inevitably leads to a faster recovery by adding stability to the
weakened joint during training.
So if you’ve recently
suffered an injury, it would be a good idea to equip yourself with an
ankle support as you transition back into the game. A volleyball ankle
support can be the key to recovering and getting back into the game
Example of the "Sock Model"
"Sock model" is commonly used for the injury recovery.
a good choice for the athlete who needs extra support for the injured
To read more about braces for the injury recovery, please
go to the volleyball
ankle braces page.
Possible Negative Aspects of Volleyball Ankle
Supports - Feeling of "Weak Ankles"
However, some users of ankle supports report
mildly unpleasant side
effects when transitioning back to playing without an ankle support.
The athletes occasionally report that using an
ankle support during
training made their ankle feel "weaker" after they’ve removed it.
After athletes move the ankle support, some
athletes experience ankle
sprains, since there is less support on the ankle. While
there isn’t any thorough evidence of this occurring repeatedly, it is
probably the result of the athlete adapting to an increase in
flexibility and a decrease in support associated with the removal of an
If you know you eventually want to play without ankle support but are
using it to recover from an injury, be prepared for this transition,
since it may be a slight setback to your training.
In our opinion, those "weak ankles" issues are
minor issues compared to
benefits that ankle braces offer.
Avoid "Weak Ankles" Issues when Using Volleyball Ankle
An athlete can avoid those "weak ankles" issues by
training without an
ankle brace also. For example jump training and conditioning could be
done without ankle braces since most injuries for volleyball players
happen during the match or practice when jumping and landing by the net.
¹Cordova M. L. Ingersoll C. D. Palmieri R.
Efficacy of Prophylactic Ankle Support: An Experimental Perspective
Journal of Athletic Training 37 (2002): 446-57
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