So, I'm planning on getting back into Muay Thai (never fought, only trained), and something I was curious about are the ankle suporters I see most MT folks wear. When I trained, I never wore them, but I'm curious if they'd be a worthwhile investment. What purpose do they serve exactly? And would the cause bad habits if I were to train with them on and then spar/fight without them?
Just curious. AnnaT and Kidspat, love to hear you're imput as well as other folks.
every fight ive had my ankles have been sore as **** afterwards and thats WITH ankle supporters. generally when you are kicking as hard as you can at someone moving about you are gonna catch a few on the foot and ankle instead of the shin. you will appreciate the padding when that happens. probably not neccessary for training, but i wear one on my left foot cos im such a fucking poser
Yeah, I was curious if they were for padding or if they were meant to keep the ankle supported and prevent sprains/tweaking. I can definitely see the utility in that, as I catch a ton of kicks with my instep thanks to my TKD days =P
Very cool, much thanks man.
I wear them some times and I'm not even exactly sure why. I thought maybe they helped keep you from rolling your ankles, or maybe help your feet cope with the shock of the kicks or something. They don't really seem to be much of any padding, but I guess in that sense they're better than nothing maybe.
Don't notice much of a difference then? Tricky.
bear in mind that i kick a lot. as in, i probably throw more kicks during a fight than i do punches. it adds up. from what ive seen Spatula is a bit more even so it might not affect her so much
probably would help if i could actually aim and didnt keep smashing my foot and ankle into peoples knees.
I don't wear them so I cant say. Don't seem like they'd do much imo.
They are intended to prevent sprains, but I think most people wear them because they look cool.
They dont seem to provide much support if they're intended for that purpose.
They are intended to prevent sprains, but I think most people wear them because they look cool.That's what I always assumed.
I got a couple of them because my ankles started getting sore.
I think it helped somewhat, but I acknowledge the possibility of a placebo effect.
Also, I just wanted to be cool and fit in with the cool kids.
I personally don't use them. I know people who've use knee and ankle supports just for the hell of it. They use them now like a crutch, seems they just don't feel right without them.
The purpose of any wrap on any part of the body which provides some slight compression and nothing else is primarily prioceptive. This means it "tricks" the body's nervous system into better stabilization of the area.
I don't recall where, but there are actually some decent published studies on the uses of wraps, if memory serves.
They wear them cause they're sissies.
damn sissies, the lot of them
/yes i know you were joking
//no i'm not serious either
I just always figured it was a traditional thing.
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