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The Best Ankle Braces for Basketball

Recent studies have found that over 40% of high school basketball injuries occur to the ankle. With over 1 million high school basketball players in the U.S. alone, it's no surprise that more players than ever are utilizing a basketball ankle brace to protect their body.

Best Basketball Ankle Brace

Common Basketball Injuries

Ankle injuries can range from an ankle strain to a fractured ankle bone. But, the most common ankle injury in basketball is a rolled ankle, likely resulting in an ankle sprain. These injuries occur due to a stretching, tear, or rupture of the lateral stabilizing ligaments. With the constant twisting, pivoting, cuts, jumping and landing that basketball players endure, athletes need to protect their ankles.

Best Ankle Braces for Basketball

Ankle braces come in a variety of styles, including lace-up ankle braces, ankle supports with straps and ankle sleeves. Each offers unique benefits, ranges of flexibility and protection levels. Below are our top 3 basketball ankle braces:

Best Lace-Up Ankle Brace for Basketball

The 195 Ankle Brace with Straps is one of the most well known ankle braces in basketball, and for good reason. Complete with both a lace-up design and a figure-6 strap pattern, the 195 provides maximum protection along with adjustable compression. The breathable fabric keeps your feet cool while in use and the brace can be fully adjusted without removing your shoe.

195® Ankle Brace with Straps

195 Ankle Brace with Straps




Ankle Support with Figure-8 Straps

Ankle Support with Figure-8 Straps




Best Strapped Ankle Support for Basketball

The 432 Ankle Support with Figure-8 Straps is a great option for athletes that want strong compression without the rigid feel of a traditional ankle brace. The figure-8 straps provide easily adjustable compression, with a high-performance, latex-free neoprene construction that provides greater therapeutic heating than typical neoprene.

Best Ankle Sleeve for Basketball

For those looking for simple compression and primary protection, the 431 Ankle Sleeve is an ideal choice. The four-way stretch neoprene ensures that the sleeve is comfortable and compressive across all areas of the sleeve, and utilizes an exclusive McDavid 5-needle stitch for a flatter and stronger seam. Easy to get on and off, this is a convenient addition to your gear bag.

Ankle Sleeve

Ankle Sleeve




At the end of the day, the best ankle brace for you will depend on the level of support you need.

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