Wednesday, 06 March 2013 22:24

2013 Active Ankle Bluegrass Tournament

2013 Active Ankle Bluegrass Tournament


For Immediate Release
March 6, 2013
Leah Blakemore
Marketing Manager

Download PDF of this Press Release

This Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, 2013, The Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Academy along with Ohio Valley Volleyball Center will be hosting the ACTIVE ANKLE BLUEGRASS VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY.

This year’s event will host 725 junior girls volleyball teams in the age groups of 10 & under through 18 & under. There will 116 courts under one roof in the North and South Wings of the Expo Center. Spectators will enjoy the finest junior volleyball in the Midwest . There will be teams participating from as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida.

We would like to invite everyone to come out and see junior volleyball at its highest level. Matches will begin at 8am on Saturday morning and run through 8pm Saturday night. They will resume at 8am on Sunday morning and conclude approx. 4-5pm.

Join us, admission is $5 per person, with preschool age children FREE.

To learn more about Active Ankle, please visit www.activeankle.com. For instant updates, follow us on Twitter.

About Active Ankle

Active Ankle Systems, Inc., purchased in July 2008 by Cramer Products, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development of high‐value, high‐function ankle and foot products since 1989. Athletic Trainers and physical therapists have long used the Active Ankle brace and other innovative products for injury care, prevention and rehabilitation.

Published in Recent News
Monday, 25 February 2013 18:51

Targeted Breathable Supports

Targeted Breathable Supports Blend Compliance and Aesthetics

Unique medical devices offer superior compression and “breathability you can see”

Download PDF of this Press Release

Gardner, KS (September 13, 2012) — Active Innovations, the medical division of Active Ankle Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Cramer Products, Inc., is pleased to introduce the Targeted Breathable Support (TBS) line of elbow and knee supports. These unique supports are crafted with VentiPrene, a durable, lightweight, 1/8”-thick perforated neoprene. The material differs from standard neoprene in that it allows the skin to breathe while providing compression and warmth without overheating.

The elbow and knee supports both feature a four-way-stretch quilted lining, which allows for additional airflow and moisture control. Contoured silicone massagers in each product are placed strategically to prevent migration of the support and gently massage soft tissues. The elbow support includes a compression adjustment strap for better fit and control of compression on the forearm. Usage is ideal for treatment of elbow sprains, strains, edema from bursitis, and tendonitis. This support is also effective in the treatment and prevention of tennis and golfer’s elbow.

The knee and cartilage support features an open patella design. This provides pressure-free movement of the knee. A padded horseshoe insert surrounds the patella for additional support along with edema and migration control. The strategically placed contoured silicone massagers provide compression along the medial and lateral joint lines in providing relief and support for cartilage injuries. Usage is ideal for treatment of knee sprains, strains, instability, and edema from injury or other post-operative symptoms.

“We believe this unique product will provide superior compression and support allowing the user to continue the activities they enjoy” said Kelly Bauer, Active Innovations Director of Sales. “They will be able to wear the TBS longer and more comfortably because of its unique VentiPrene material.”

Additional highlights of Active Innovations’ Targeted Breathable Supports line includes:

  • New combination of soft, durable laminates
  • Perforated neoprene for “breathability you can see”
  • Mild compression and added proprioception increase joint stability and decrease pain and swelling to keep the user active
  • TBS Elbow Support available in small, medium, large and X-large sizes easily measured by forearm circumference.
  • TBS Knee and Cartilage Support available in small, medium, large, X-large, and XX-large sizes easily measured by mid-patella circumference.

To learn more about Targeted Breathable Supports and Active Innovations’ full line of medical devices and where to find distributors, please visit our “Medical Products” page at www.activeankle.com/products/medical-products.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Product spec sheet and high-resolution photographs are available upon request.

About Active Innovations

Active Innovations, the medical division of Active Ankle Systems, Inc., designs products for use by physical therapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, orthopedists, and other physicians. Our proven products and stellar reputation are second-to-none. At Active Innovations, we work with medical professionals to develop products that prevent pain and injury and help patients heal as quickly and comfortably as possible, in the most appropriate way. Active Innovations’ family of products includes solutions for the foot, ankle, hand, and wrist.

These include:

  • Dorsal Night Splint (DNS), which comfortably and effectively relieves the painful symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
  • Multi-Phase, which is the one ankle orthosis that provides treatment after an injury fully through the rehabilitation process and back to normal activity
  • CF Pro, a professional-grade ankle brace created for athletes who require customizable support
  • ProMed, which provides the comfort and mobility of a lace-up with added support provided by control of both the heel and the forefoot
  • Trigger Finger Solution (TFS), the world’s first versatile, non-invasive solution for painful trigger finger
  • Dynamic Wrist Orthosis (DWO), the only wrist brace that allows for safe lateral movement
  • Moldable Thumb Spica (MTS), which allows for short-term stabilization while allowing use of the hand

And the newly announced Targeted Breathable Support line of elbow and knee supports.

For more information about Active Innovations products, please visit www.activeankle.com/products/medical-products

CONTACT:
Kelly Bauer, 800-800-2896, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Published in Recent News
Monday, 25 February 2013 18:43

Active Ankle 2012 Challenge Schedule

Active Ankle Challenge Tournaments 2012 Schedule Announced


For Immediate Release
August 22, 2012
Leah Blakemore
Marketing Manager

Download PDF of this Press Release

Gardner, KS (August 22, 2012) — Active Ankle Systems, Inc. will once again sponsor the Active Ankle Challenge Volleyball Tournaments that are being hosted by collegiate teams across the country this fall. This is the 4th year for this series of tournaments and the 1st year with University of Louisville being added to the schedule.

“Active Ankle is excited for another great year of Challenge tournament competition, “ VP of Marketing, Ed Christman said. “We continue to enjoy working with each of these outstanding programs.”

The tournament’s schedule will start August 24 & 25th with University of Louisville hosting Morehead State University, Western Kentucky University and Penn State. Ball State will also host their challenge the same weekend with Illinois State, Gardner-­‐Webb and VCU in their line up. Saint Louis University hosts South Alabama, Southern Illinois, and Valparaiso the weekend of August 31st and September 1st. University of Florida will host their tournament the next weekend September 7th and 8th with Georgia Tech, Jacksonville and Louisiana Lafayette being their tournament challengers.

Purdue University will be next in line hosting their tournament September 14th & 15th involving Bowling Green State, Jacksonville State and UAB. Oregon State will follow with their challenge being September 28th & 30th hosting Colorado and Utah. UC Irvine will round out the tournament schedule hosting Cal State Northridge and Hawaii October 26th and 27th.

“We are looking forward to some great matches and encourage fans to come out and support their local host teams.” Ed Christman said.

To learn more about Active Ankle, please visit www.activeankle.com. To follow results from the tournaments, follow us on Twitter.

About Active Ankle

Active Ankle Systems, Inc., purchased in July 2008 by Cramer Products, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development of high‐value, high‐function ankle and foot products since 1989. Athletic Trainers and physical therapists have long used the Active Ankle brace and other innovative products for injury care, prevention and rehabilitation.

Published in Recent News

Appalachian Trail Puts Active Ankle To The Test


Download PDF of this Press Release

Meet Brian Ristola, a guitar builder who lives with his wife Allison in the tiny New Hampshire town of Thornton, in the White Mountains. Last year, on June 24, Brian and Allison set out to fulfill a dream of hiking the entire 2,175-­‐plus miles of the Appalachian Trail. They hiked the trail north to south, starting in Maine heading toward the end in Georgia. Embracing the hiking tradition of using “trail names,” Brian selected the name Beardo, and Allison decided on Sweet Pea.

The couple used a smart phone to post blog entries and photos every day. About seven weeks after the trek began, Beardo injured his ankle. Here’s an excerpt from their Aug. 10 post:

Ended the day on a bad note....Beardo slipped and twisted his ankle pretty bad....enough to hear some noise in it as he went down. Luckily Sweet Pea was within earshot and we had just passed a campsite with water less than 1/2 mile before. Beardo hobbled back there (hiking poles were very helpful here) and Sweet Pea got his hammock up and got the ankle elevated. There is no bruising, but there is quite a bit if swelling. We will see how things are tomorrow, and decide if we need to take a day or more off.


Allison and Brian Ristola (aka Sweet Pea and Beardo) hiked the entire Appalachian Trail over a period of nearly five months last year. Beardo’s ankle was protected by the Active Ankle T2 for nearly 1,500 miles!

The following morning, Beardo’s ankle was still quite swollen, so they left the trail. Since at that point on the trail they weren’t too far from Thornton, they returned home and saw their family doctor the next day, then an orthopedic specialist a few days after that. Finding no broken bones, the specialist wrapped the ankle, recommended Beardo stay off it for a week or two, and plan for a slower pace once back on the trail. And he gave Beardo an Active Ankle T2 brace to protect his ankle and prevent further injury.

Here’s the first paragraph of their blog post from Aug. 23:
Got back on the trail today....sort of. Beardo's ankle has healed up pretty well and rapidly....thanks to ice, needles, lasers, foot massages and being nice to it -­‐ not making it walk much for the past 12 days. I am wearing a sports brace on it as I walk which helps stabilize it from rolling.

Beardo and Sweet Pea persevered through injuries, weather, and many other challenges inherent with a hike of this magnitude, and arrived at the end of the trail in Georgia on Nov. 22. They had traveled 2,181.2 miles on foot and had been on the trail for nearly five months.

We spoke with Brian (back to his given name, since he’s off the trail!) recently, and he said that the Active Ankle was put to the test on the Appalachian Trail—and it exceeded his expectations. “I wore the Ac;ve Ankle every day after returning to the trail and hiked somewhere between 1,300 and 1,500 miles before it broke while I was walking through the Smoky Mountains. I was amazed it lasted that long!”

Perhaps you’re wondering how Cramer found out about the adventures of Brian and his Active Ankle. Brian explains, “In December, less than a month after I returned home, I realized my ankle hadn’t fully healed—it just didn’t feel right. So I bought another ankle brace but it bothered the inside of my ankle. I contacted Cramer directly about gehng another T2, and had a great talk with Ed Christman in the marketing department. I told him it was important for me to get the brace because I intend to wear it when I hike the 2,645-­‐mile Pacific Crest Trail. I’m startng that hike at the end of April! ” Brian says Allison won’t be going this time, so his partner will be a hiker he met on the Appalachian Trail.

Without a doubt, Brian’s an inspiring guy. “People tend to not act on their dreams more than they act on them,” he says. “It’s easy for folks to put aside things like hiking the Appalachian Trail, thinking they can’t do it instead of finding a way to make it happen. My wife and I just thought, let’s do it. Let’s get our life in order so we can do things like this.“

Brian’s business gives him the flexibility to work for a while, and then take time off to pursue other passions such as hiking. He builds solid-­‐body electric bass guitars from scratch, often from exotic woods. “I took orders for instruments while I was on the trail and started building them when I got off,” he says.

Brian invites all interested First Aider readers to read his daily posts from the Appalachian Trail journey: ARTICLE LINK ...and if you’d like to learn more about the beautiful guitars that Brian builds, visit RistolaInstruments.com

We wish Brian-­‐-­‐or shall we say Beardo-­‐-­‐the best of luck as he hikes the Pacific Crest Trail. He has promised to report back to us when he returns, and we’ll find out how the Active Ankle performed on the P.C.T.!

 

Published in Recent News

A Successful Active Ankle Challenge Tournament Season


For Immediate Release
October 4, 2011
Leah Blakemore
Marketing Manager

Download PDF of this Press Release

Gardner, KS (October 4, 2011) — Another great Active Ankle Challenge Tournament season has come to an end. Each tournament brought solid attendance and most importantly, great Volleyball competition.

We had a strong balance of conferences this year including the Mid‐American Conference, Big Ten, PAC‐12, and Big West Conference with participating teams coming from all across the country. The host schools included: Ball State University, Purdue University, University of Florida, UC Irvine and Oregon State University. Each team participating received Active Ankle Challenge 2011 t‐shirts and luggage tags. The winning teams received a Tournament Champion Plaque and the MVP came away with an award as well.

“It was great to see Active Ankle represented so well in each Challenge tournament, whether it was by attendance, promotionally or braces on the court, “ National Sales and Promotion Manager, Glen Snow said. “We are looking forward to what 2012 will bring.”

To learn more about Active Ankle, please visit www.activeankle.com.

About Active Ankle

Active Ankle Systems, Inc., purchased in July 2008 by Cramer Products, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development of high‐value, high‐function ankle and foot products since 1989. Athletic Trainers and physical therapists have long used the Active Ankle brace and other innovative products for injury care, prevention and rehabilitation.

Published in Recent News

Active
 Ankle 
Sponsors
 “Game
 of
 the
 Week”



For Immediate Release
September 21, 2011
Leah Blakemore
Marketing Manager

Download PDF of this Press Release

Gardner, KS (September 21, 2011) — Active Ankle Systems, Inc. will sponsor the Active Ankle “Game of the Week” being hosted by Creighton University and Western Kentucky University. This is the 1st year for Active Ankle to sponsor a “Game of the Week” for both collegiate volleyball programs.

“Active Ankle is excited to add to our Active Ankle Challenge tournaments and expand our sponsorship presence with the Active Ankle Game of the Week.” National Sales and Promotion Manager, Glen Snow said. “Both match‐ups should make for some exciting volleyball”.

Creighton University will host its Active Ankle “Game of the Week” on September 30th when they compete against Illinois State University. Creighton will extend their Game of the Week with a second match‐up on October 1st with Indiana State University.

Western Kentucky University will host Middle Tennessee State University on October 4th for their Active Ankle Game of the Week.

To learn more about Active Ankle, please visit www.activeankle.com. To follow results from the games, follow us on Twitter.

About Active Ankle

Active Ankle Systems, Inc., purchased in July 2008 by Cramer Products, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development of high‐value, high‐function ankle and foot products since 1989. Athletic Trainers and physical therapists have long used the Active Ankle brace and other innovative products for injury care, prevention and rehabilitation.

Published in Recent News

Active
 Ankle
 Challenge 
Tournaments
 2011
 Schedule
 Announced

For Immediate Release
August 1, 2011
Leah Blakemore
Marketing Manager

Download PDF of this Press Release

Gardner, KS (August 1, 2011) — Active Ankle Systems, Inc. will once again sponsor the Active Ankle Challenge Volleyball Tournaments that are being hosted by collegiate teams across the country this fall. This is the 3rd year for many of the tournaments, with this being the 1st year for the University of Florida.

“Active Ankle is excited to have such a great group of teams participating in the 2011 Active Ankle Challenges, “ National Sales and Promotion Manager, Glen Snow said. “We have had long standing relationships with many of these schools and are thrilled to be adding a new host school to the tournament schedule.”

The tournaments schedule will start August 26 & 27th with University of Florida Volleyball hosting Auburn, Boston College, and the University of North Carolina. Ball State University will also host their tournament that weekend starting August 26‐28th with Loyola‐Chicago and IPFW being their tournament challengers.

Oregon State University will be next in line hosting their tournament September 4th & 5th involving Cal State‐Bakersfield, Loyola Marymount and Seattle University. Purdue will follow with their challenge being September 9th & 10th hosting Ball State University, Jacksonville State University, and Western Carolina.

University of California‐Irvine will round out the tournament schedule hosting Idaho and Utah State on September 16th and 17th.

“We are looking forward to some great competition and encourage fans to come out and support their local host teams.” Glen Snow said. “Hopefully, we will continue to see this tournament series continue to grow.”

To learn more about Active Ankle, please visit www.activeankle.com. To follow results from the tournaments, follow us on Twitter.

About Active Ankle

Active Ankle Systems, Inc., purchased in July 2008 by Cramer Products, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development of high‐value, high‐function ankle and foot products since 1989. Athletic Trainers and physical therapists have long used the Active Ankle brace and other innovative products for injury care, prevention and rehabilitation.

Published in Recent News
Monday, 25 February 2013 17:05

Protecting Your Players

Protecting Your Players - The Real AAU Basketball, Spring 2009

From head to toe, players have many options when it comes to personal protective equipment

Download PDF of this Press Release

Stopping and cutting on a dime. Taking a hard charge. Battling for a rebound. Fighting for position on the block. Diving for a loose ball. Yes, basket- ball is a contact sport.

Now, unlike previous genera- tions, today’s players have many op- tions to keep them protected from head to toe. A couple of decades ago, there weren’t a lot of play- ers sporting ankle or knee braces, and they certainly didn’t wear pad- ded, compression shorts, shooting sleeves or any other number of new innovations in equipment.

“I’m seeing about 50 percent of the athletes here wearing some- thing whether it’s a brace or some- thing like tape, a lot of players are making the choice to wear protec- tion,” says Sam Johnson, the ath- letic trainer for the University of Portland (Ore.) mens basketball team. “Tape probably isn’t an op- tion at the AAU level because most teams don’t have trainers. And, taping is a hard skill to learn. So, you’re looking at using braces to protect players.” However, there still are many coaches who are unsure of what is available to them, which is a detriment to the potential safety of their players. “Not enough players are wearing protection for the sheer fact that they don’t know about these products, and most of the time neither do their coaches,” says Rey Corpuz of McDavid, Inc.

Read More

Published in Recent News

Active Ankle Systems, Inc. Launches New Medical Division

Active Innovations fulfills medical needs beyond ankle-related products.

Download PDF of this Press Release

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – (November 10, 2008) – Active Ankle Systems, Inc., a leader in high-function ankle supports for the athletic industry, today announced a new company division called Active Innovations. This new medical division is introduced as the company prepares to bring a number of new products to market. While Active Ankle currently markets several non-ankle products for medical use, this is the first time these products will have a common home in a distinct division.

After creating the industry’s first semi-rigid, hinged ankle support in 1989, Active Ankle began developing devices tailored to the medical field. The user-friendly Dorsal Night Splint for Plantar Fasciitis was launched in 2000 and the company’s Trigger Finger Solution was introduced in 2006. That same year, Active Ankle introduced their highly successful Multi-Phase ankle orthosis, the only brace on the market that can be tailored to each stage of ankle recovery from injury to recovery. Active Ankle and its new medical division have a dedicated engineering staff focused on meeting the demands of medical and physical therapy patients.

“While Active Ankle’s heritage is rooted in the athletic community, we realized the need to concentrate our strengths in product design to benefit medical patients outside the athletic training field,” said Glen Snow, Active Ankle president. “We thrive on the ideas we receive from rehab and medical professionals regarding products already on the market. Their ideas fuel our designs for improved devices and patient recovery – and that’s what Active Innovations is all about.”

Unlike most manufacturers of sports medicine and physical rehab products, Active Ankle and its medical division design all products from the ground-up through the company’s in-house engineering department.

“Not only do we understand the product – we understand the injury,” said Snow, a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Other popular devices in Active Ankle’s portfolio include the T1 and T2 ankle braces, the Chameleon multi-color ankle brace, and the recently released, carbon fiber-reinforced Volt ankle brace. Available upon request are additional details, imagery, and other information regarding Active Ankle’s innovative product line and its new medical division, Active Innovations.

About Active Ankle

Active Ankle Systems, Inc., purchased in July 2008 by Cramer Products, Inc., is a worldwide leader in the development of high-value, high-function ankle and foot products since 1989. Athletic trainers and physical therapists have long used the Active Ankle brace and other innovative products for injury care, prevention, and rehabilitation. Active Ankle is the official ankle support supplier and sponsor of USA Volleyball. Active Innovations, the new medical division of Active Ankle, designs products for use by physical therapists, podiatrists, orthopedists and other physicians. The Dorsal Night Splint, Trigger Finger Solution, and Multi-Phase ankle orthosis are currently available along with several new product launches scheduled for 2009.

CONTACT:

Leah Blakemore, 812-258-0673, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published in Recent News
Monday, 25 February 2013 16:49

VOLT Product Review by Stephanie Bregman

Product Review: The New Active Ankle Volt Ankle Brace

August 04, 2009
by Stephanie Bregman
Associated Content blog

Download PDF of this Press Release

Carbon Charged Protection

The Active Ankle VOLT was developed for the serious athlete. The Volt is an upgraded modification of the popular Active Ankle T1 and T2 hinged stirrup ankle brace, and is one of the most popular volleyball braces on the market.

The Volt ankle brace utilizes Active Ankle’s molded bearing designed hinge and combined it with a carbon reinforced frame overlying a polypropylene shell. Most hinged stirrup ankle braces contain plastic hinges and plastic stirrups, which distort over time and restrict your mobility.

The Volt brand ankle brace allows for more fluid motion and reduced bulk, and with the carbon reinforcement, provides superior strength and durability. The Volt, like the T2 by Active Ankle, utilize a feather-light E.V.A. padding that contours to the shape of the persons ankle. The patented design of the Volt reduces pain, increases ankle stability and provides ankle protection for athletes that suffer from ankle instability, chronic ankle sprains, and people who just want a stable preventative ankle brace.

Cramer Sports also modified the ribs along the sides of the stirrup, making them more rigid without increasing the bulk of the brace. The Volt is available in three different sizes and fits left or right ankles.

So if you have used the active ankle T1 or T2 in the past, the new volt will definitely be an upgrade to an already superior and supportive ankle brace.

Published in Recent News
Page 1 of 2

Stay Connected

Active Ankle has an unwavering commitment to developing products that heal, protect, and help prevent injuries for athletes of all sports.

Cramer Products Logo

Newsletter Signup

Stay connected with Active Ankle, and be the first to learn about new products and receive special deals and discounts.

Fill out your email address below. We promise not to flood your inbox with nonsense emails.

Latest Tweets

Active Ankle

RT @PurdueVB: Grab dinner, grab some friends & head over to Holloway Gymnasium to see you Boilers in action at 7:30. We need you loud & pro…

Newsletter Signup



Receive HTML?