Clinician Patterns of Ankle Brace Commendation and Observation of Aspects Related with Brace Practice
A group of athletic trainers and physical therapists were surveyed to determine which ankle braces they recommend most frequently to prevent ankle sprain injury, which factors associated with brace use influence decisions about ankle brace recommendation, and to determine if perceptions about factors associated with brace use are related to patterns of ankle brace recommendation. The ASO brace was the ankle brace recommended most frequently. Clinicians reported effectiveness in preventing ankle sprain injury was the most influential factor when recommending a specific ankle brace. Additionally, clinicians reported comfort of an ankle brace was the next most influential factor. Clinicians’ concern about reduced ankle muscle strength after wearing an ankle brace for a period of time was related to the likelihood of whether they would recommend use of an ankle brace for patients after an ankle sprain injury.
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