Sporting activities and athletic ankle supports are a good combination for children in sports. They help to keep children out of danger from major leg injuries that are common. Children are still growing and bone injuries can slow down bone growth on occasion, especially if the injury occurs on a growth plate. Athletic ankle supports can help to prevent major accidents from children landing in the wrong positions. They make sure that key ankle positions are maintained as to not allowing ankle injuries. There are still is a chance that a major ankle injury can happen but wearing athletic ankle supports are there for preventative measures.
When deciding on an ankle brace for your child it is important answer two questions in your mind. What is the brace made from and does the brace allow for total range of motion. In terms of total range of motion, for those children who have not had any previous ankle problems you would not want to purchase a brace that immobilizes the ankle. You would just want a brace that are designed to just provide pressure in key areas and keep the ankle in fairly the same place. Immobilizing ankle braces are a hindrance rather than a benefit if you were to purchase this kind of brace. A lightweight athletic elastic ankle support should be just fine for a child athlete.
Lets deal with the second question which was what is the brace made from. Why is this so important? It is a matter of having the brace to fail or not. You see when a child goes about doing a sport they sweat and water can be the enemy of any brace. They make the brace shift and if it shifts up or down it may fail when needed. Worse yet it may get so wet that it may become soft and not work as effective as it needs to. That being the case, the best ankle supports are made of neoprene and they not only support your ankle but increase your bounce, make your landings softer and keep your muscles warm. Neoprene or polychloroprene is a family of synthetic rubbers that are produced by polymerization of chloroprene. It is used in a wide variety of environments, such as in wetsuits, laptop sleeves, electrical insulation, and car fan belts.
Are you still thinking that you may not need ankle supports for you child. Maybe you are thinking that the high top sneakers that you brought yesterday are enough support needed. Yes, high top ankle sneakers do provide ankle support, but they just have the minimum support needed. Step up your security for your child and get the maximum support needed. Athletic ankle supports will provide what you need.