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Basketball: Low-Top or Mid-Top?

With basketball season just around the corner it is a good time to discuss what shoes will help prevent injuries and keep you on the court.

There has been a discussion going on about low-top vs. mid-top shoes, and which one gives the best support. In 2008 Nike started making low-top basketball shoes for Kobe Bryant because he felt it allowed his ankle to move more freely and easier. This started other companies to give the option for low-top basketball shoes, causing more players to want the lows.

But which shoe is safer for players?

Obviously, there is more ankle support with mid-top than low-top, but depending on position, comfort, and ankle history, shoe choice will differ.

Low-Top

Most guards who are quick and want to get optimum height when jumping, usually decide on low-tops. Although less support is given, low tops can give an advantage to the player. Also, three-point shooters usually enjoy low-tops because it allows them to jump easily and shoot naturally. Heavy mid-tops can affect the mechanics of the shot.

Mid-Top

Mid-tops are usually worn by big posts because their footwork is much more important than guards, and they need the extra support. They have a higher chance of spraining their ankle as is it is more physical in the paint. Even though guards need to be quick, their ankles could use the support as well. Being in the game is more important than a little extra quickness or height when jumping.

At the end of the day shoe choice is up to the individual player. What needs to be considered is the type of player and ankle injury history. If one has had an ankle injury in the past, the more support the better. But if ankle support is not so important, then low-tops could be work, just know the risk that is being taken.

Sports injury got you sidelined? Our IRG therapists can help get you back in the game!

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Posted on November 9, 2016

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Basketball: Low-Top or Mid-Top?

With basketball season just around the corner it is a good time to discuss what shoes will help prevent injuries and keep you on the court.

There has been a discussion going on about low-top vs. mid-top shoes, and which one gives the best support. In 2008 Nike started making low-top basketball shoes for Kobe Bryant because he felt it allowed his ankle to move more freely and easier. This started other companies to give the option for low-top basketball shoes, causing more players to want the lows.

But which shoe is safer for players?

Obviously, there is more ankle support with mid-top than low-top, but depending on position, comfort, and ankle history, shoe choice will differ.

Low-Top

Most guards who are quick and want to get optimum height when jumping, usually decide on low-tops. Although less support is given, low tops can give an advantage to the player. Also, three-point shooters usually enjoy low-tops because it allows them to jump easily and shoot naturally. Heavy mid-tops can affect the mechanics of the shot.

Mid-Top

Mid-tops are usually worn by big posts because their footwork is much more important than guards, and they need the extra support. They have a higher chance of spraining their ankle as is it is more physical in the paint. Even though guards need to be quick, their ankles could use the support as well. Being in the game is more important than a little extra quickness or height when jumping.

At the end of the day shoe choice is up to the individual player. What needs to be considered is the type of player and ankle injury history. If one has had an ankle injury in the past, the more support the better. But if ankle support is not so important, then low-tops could be work, just know the risk that is being taken.

Sports injury got you sidelined? Our IRG therapists can help get you back in the game!

Find a clinic near you.

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Posted on November 9, 2016

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