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Kit Review: Tried And Tested Aircast A60 Ankle Brace

August 21, 2014
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As a seasoned netball player I know all too well about the stress and strain that the sport can put on your joints, and in particular your ankles.

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With taping a time consuming job before matches and training, I’ve become a fan of ankle braces, which take away any concerns about rolling your ankle. However some I have tried in the past have been bulky and uncomfortable, so when I got the chance to test the new Aircast A60 ankle brace, the one worn by Andy Murray no less, I jumped at the chance.

 The Aircast A60 is incredibly lightweight and not at all bulky like other braces I have worn previously. Also the Breath-O-Prene fabric makes it very soft and comfortable to wear. I wore it for a full two-hour training session and suffered no rubbing or chafing. I felt confident about running, twisting and turning on my ankle and because it is so lightweight I didn’t even feel like I was wearing an ankle brace!

I was surprised at first to see that the stabiliser guards were not upright along the sides of the brace. Instead they are fitted at a 60-degree angle which, (unbeknown to me before testing the brace), is in fact the optimal position to support your ligaments and to prevent you rolling your ankle.

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The single strap fastening is a big bonus, having worn braces before which were lace up, this is easy to put on and secure – ideal for if you’re rushing before a game or practice and don’t have the time to fiddle with laces and knots.

The brace is also machine washable which is a big plus, particularly because of the white colour that I tested, (it is also available in black which is probably more practical). My only concern would be that too frequent washing could weaken the Velcro strap.

The brace costs £46.99, which makes it one of the more expensive braces on the market, however it really is worth the money because of the support and comfort that it offers. It’s definitely a great investment if you are prone to problems with your ankles – I’ve already recommended it to all my teammates!

Price: £46.99

Size: small, medium or large (size guides are on the physioroom website)

Colours: white or black.

Buy: visit www.physioroom.com

Beth Shine, Sportsister
The Women’s Sport Magazine

 

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