R3 SCIENCE

The R3: Roll Resisting Reflex

Brilliant design born from serious science.

No injury occurs more often than the lateral ankle sprain (LAS).

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R3 Ankle Brace

Ankle Roll Resistance

No injury occurs more often than the lateral ankle sprain (LAS). In high-risk jumping sports like volleyball, 70% of injuries are ankle-related. What’s more, research clearly shows that one-third of athletes who suffer an LAS will go on to experience chronic ankle instability. Ankle roll resistance is the most important factor in avoiding injury. Push your ankle past its natural, safe range of motion and you’ll be watching your teammates from the sidelines. That’s where a roll resisting reflex, comes into play.

R3 Ankle Brace

Your Sixth Sense

Proprioception may not be a word you are familiar with, but you’ve been experiencing it your entire life. Think of it as a sixth sense. Simply put, proprioception is the sensory information you get from your body. Proprioceptors in your inner ear and your muscles, tendons and ligaments send your brain the information it needs about the position and movement of your body. Ideally, your proprioception will keep you from rolling an ankle past its safe range of motion (where injuries occur). Enhance your proprioception and you will in turn enhance your athletic performance.

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Focal Compression, The Key To Injury Recovery

The consequences of most injuries are determined by what you do immediately after they occur.  (James Garrick, MD)

When you’ve been injured, the first step you take makes all the difference. Swelling delays recovery because it hinders your ankle’s range of motion. The best way to stop swelling is to immediately apply proper compression. Do that and you can cut injury recovery time in half. What you don’t want to do is simply apply a wrap to an injured ankle because that will force the swelling into the hollow areas around the ankle knobs. Instead, wrap the ankle in a manner that utilizes focal compression. The sooner you do that the sooner you’ll heal.