To prevent a second sprained ankle, wearing a brace may be more effective than neuromuscular training, but neither method is foolproof, say Dutch researchers.
Ankle braces may be best after a sprain
They found that study participants who had sprained their ankles were about half as likely to suffer a second sprain when they wore a brace, compared to those who only got neuromuscular training.
This doesn't mean people with sprained ankles should go for braces and forget about neuromuscular training, the study's senior author Dr. Evert A L M Verhagen said. The results could be due to chance, he told Reuters Health. And since past research shows that both the braces and the training offer some protection, the researchers couldn't ethically include a test group that got neither measure, said Verhagen, who studies public and occupational health at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam.
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