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J Sport Rehabil. 2013 May;22(2):137-42. Epub 2012 Oct 30.

The effectiveness of prophylactic ankle braces in reducing the incidence of acute ankle injuries in adolescent athletes: a critically appraised topic.

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Dept of Human Movement Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA.

Abstract

CLINICAL SCENARIO:

Ankle injuries constitute a large number of injuries sustained by adolescent athletes participating in high school athletics. Prophylactic ankle bracing may be an effective and efficient method to reduce the incidence of ankle injuries in adolescent athletes in the secondary-school setting.

CLINICAL QUESTION:

Do prophylactic ankle braces reduce the incidence of acute ankle injuries in adolescent athletes?

SUMMARY OF KEY FINDINGS:

Two of the three included studies reported that prophylactic ankle braces reduced the incidence of ankle injuries compared with no ankle bracing.

CLINICAL BOTTOM LINE:

There is moderate evidence to support the use of prophylactic ankle braces in adolescent athletes, particularly those who participate in football and basketball, to reduce the incidence of acute ankle injuries.

STRENGTH OF RECOMMENDATION:

Grade B evidence exists that prophylactic ankle braces reduce the incidence of acute ankle injuries in adolescent athletes.

PMID:
23117177
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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