The Aircast A60 Ankle Support: The Best Ankle Brace for Tennis
Monday, 6 June 2016 | Alex
With Wimbledon coming up faster than a Greg Rusedski serve and the weather changing from terrible to tolerable, it's time to fish out that old tennis racket from the back of the closet and get back into the swing (pun intended) of tennis. Watching the balletic movement of Andy Murray as he slams a volley at 90 miles an hour precisely into the back corner of the court, you could be forgiven for thinking that Tennis is an easy sport. This illusion quickly dissipates, however, when you're left sprawled on the floor having attempted a simple shot.
Don't worry, you're not alone. Tennis is a game that is notoriously difficult on the joints but there are steps that you can take to ensure you're protected. We can't promise that you'll play like Andy Murray, but we can promise that you'll be protected like him.
Why is Tennis Dangerous?
Tennis is not like other sports – the strain that it places on your muscles and ligaments means that it creates a unique injury profile that is different even to other racquet sports. It is estimated that there are five tennis injuries per 1000 hours of participation, which sounds fairly low, but means that if you and a friend play a tennis match every week for a year, statistically one of you will get an injury at some point.
Though perhaps the best known tennis injury is "Tennis Elbow" (otherwise known as epicondylitis), studies suggest that the lower extremities are the most commonly injured area when playing tennis (followed by the upper extremities and the trunk). But what causes these injuries? While your arms are fairly active when playing tennis, people often forget the immense amount of stress that is placed on the legs. The twisting and turning involved with playing tennis means that joints are placed under stress and problems such as strain, ankle rollover and sprains can occur.
Protect Your Ankles Like a Pro
If you want to play tennis but are worried about the damage that might be caused to your ankles, there is an answer! The Aircast A60 Ankle Support is used by sports people the world over, including Britain's best tennis player since Fred Perry (apologies to Tim Henman): Andy Murray. If you follow tennis, you will be aware that Andy Murray has suffered from problems with his ankle in the past and now, he is always careful to use protection when playing.
Using an A60 Ankle Brace has ensured that Andy has avoided serious injury in his weakened area and he swears by the protection that it gives, going as far as to say that he always uses an ankle support when playing football. If the humble A60 is good enough to protect a gold medal winning Olympic athlete who's dashing across the court at speeds most of us can only dream of, then it will definitely help with something a little more pedestrian.
How Does the Aircast A60 Ankle Support Prevent Injuries?
Just because it is the ankle brace used by Andy Murray, you may still be skeptical that the Aircast A60 is the best ankle support for tennis. Understanding how it works is fundamental to understanding the protection that it can provide for you. The Aircast A60 features a moulded 60° stabilised that helps to keep your ankle in a single position, preventing problems such as "rolling ankles" that can lead to strain, sprains and (in extreme cases) ligament damage. By preventing the movement of the ankle, you can minimise the chance of these injuries happening, even if you are turning sharply and putting the joint in a vulnerable position.
While the Aircast A60 Ankle Support is ideal as a prophylactic against injury, it is far more than just a preventative garment. If you, like Andy Murray, have repeatedly suffered from injuries to the ankle, you are more susceptible to suffer from reoccurrence. Using a brace like the A60 can aid in your recovery from injury while at the same time guarding against the worsening of your injury.
The A60 Ankle Support and Tennis: A Perfect Doubles Partnership
As anyone that has tried to play sport in a support or brace, the protective aspect is only one facet of its importance. It is essential to make sure that the brace is also comfortable enough to use for extended periods in situations where you are likely to be sweating and hot. As Andy Murray knows, if you're caught in a five-set thriller on Centre Court against Novak Djokovic, the last thing you want to worry about is your ankle being sweaty, overly-warm or just in any way uncomfortable.
While you may not quite be Centre Court-ready just yet, you'll be thankful of the A60's breathable fabric when you're out playing in the sun – allowing air to circulate around your ankle, the A60 prevents over-heating of the joint. Because the material is completely latex-free, there is also less chance that it will cause irritation to your skin. Finally, the A60 features a simple "single strap" adjustment, meaning that you won't have to fiddle around with it for hours in order to get the correct fit and support.
What Are You Waiting For?
You don't have to be on the ATP tour to enjoy the protection and support that is offered by the A60. Even if you only play occasionally, you could be amazed at the difference to your performance and you ankles that using an A60 Brace can have. For a brace that provides professional quality support, you'd be surprised that you don't have to pay the world in order to get it.