By Dave Regis

The English National Badminton Championships proved to be a huge success in Milton Keynes with some great matches and Ouseph coming out on top in the men’s single to record a seventh straight victory at the championships. In the double matches the Adcock’s dominated and their world number 5 placement showed as they took the doubles title.

In a fast paced sport where players are required to pivot at speed there is an increased risk of ankle injuries from either slipping, turning too quickly or as a result of fatigue. This can lead to a variety of injuries varying in severity, with this article focussing on the most common conditions a player may experience.

Ankle Injuries

The most common form of ankle injury is the standard sprain, something the NHS see over 1 million of each year in accident and emergency. The sprain occurs where there is an unnatural movement of the joint and it stretches beyond its normal range of motion. This in turn results in mild damage to the ligaments within the ankle joint which results in inflammation and instability of the joint.

Ligaments are the tough bands of tissue within a joint and are responsible for its overall stabilisation, allowing us to apply weight, walk, run and jump. The severity of the damage sustained to the ligaments will ultimately dictate the impact of it will have on your overall stability. Ligament related ankle injuries are common in fast aced sports such as badminton, tennis, football and rugby.

A mild sprain is described as self-limiting and you should expect to recover following a few days of rest, with ice a great way to help manage any inflammation. Where more serious damage is sustained to the ligaments surgery may be offered as a potential solution by stitching the ligaments back together, followed by intensive physiotherapy to rebuild strength in the joint.

Using an ankle support as part of injury management

There are a variety of ankle support products on the market, which is why it is essential to select the right one for the condition you wish to manage. If you are ever unsure as to which product is right for you then you should speak with a clinician for a professional diagnosis which will allow you to select the brace giving you the greatest set of benefits.

For a standard sprained ankle the main focus should be on reducing the inflammation experienced, which can allow you to remain active for longer. An ankle support designed to offer compression will focus on managing the swelling of the joint which can also reduce pain. This standard form of brace can be manufactured from either neoprene or BioSkin which are both highly compressive by design.

Where there is instability in the joint then you should consider wearing ankle support specifically designed to manage ligament damage. Whilst offering compression the support consists of external straps which act as external ligaments and thus providing the support you have lost as a result of the initial injury.

The use of sports braces in the treatment of ankle injuries is becoming more mainstream. Dave Regis discusses the use of an ankle support in conjunction with other treatment options following injury.

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By Dave Regis The English National Badminton Championships proved to be a huge success in Milton Keynes with some great matches and Ouseph coming out on top in the men's single to record a seventh straight victory at the championships. In the double matches the Adcock's dominated and their world...