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Why do Muay Thai fighters wear ankle supports?

Updated: Feb 4, 2022

Why do Muay Thai fighters wear ankle supports?

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You may have watched Muay Thai, or been in the gym and seen the colourful little straps on peoples ankles and though, what are they? Well, they are ankle supports, designed solely to help support your ankle in Muay Thai training.

In combat, and high intensity, sports, injuries can be common. Any products that you can purchase to help to provide yourself additional safety and reduce the risk of getting injured are a win-win for us.

What is the purpose of ankle supports in Muay Thai?

The purpose of ankle supports in Muay Thai is to help provide your ankles with more stability and support to help prevent spraining or rolling your ankle during training or fighting.

The majority of people that wear ankle supports wear them on both legs, however some people may wear it on just one ankle. This may be due to an injury or a weakness to a specific ankle which they are trying to give some extra support.

The main purposes of ankle supports are:

Minimise Ankle Injuries

Wearing ankle supports in Muay Thai will help to minimise ankle injuries by providing your ankles with the additional support that they need to prevent them rolling or spraining.

Support Recovery

Ankle supports can be a great way to help support your recovery from an ankle injury.

Superficial Protection

Ankle supports can provide a level of superficial protection. If you feet are getting sore from slapping against the pads then ankle supports can help with this. They can also be pulled up to cover the shins and add additional protection here.

The best ankle supports for training in Muay Thai

Fairtex Muay Thai Ankle Supports

Fairtex are one of the most respected and leading brands in Muay Thai, so you know you'll be getting a high quality product with these Fairtex Muay Thai Ankle Supports.

They are high quality, provide elasticity and all the support that you need. They are at the higher end of the price chart but that's due to the brand name, and the guaranteed quality of the product.

RDX Ankle Supports

RDX are the leading provider of quality yet affordable martial arts equipment and that's why their ankle supports have made our list of the best ankle supports for training in Muay Thai.

How to wash your ankle supports

As your wearing your ankle supports during your training, they will soak up your sweat and begin to harbor bacteria which makes washing them extremely important.

Follow the instructions on the label of your ankle supports on how you need to wash them. We recommend washing your ankle supports weekly if you train regularly.


Ankle supports are a great way to help prevent injuries to your ankles if you are training in Muay Thai. The additional support they provide will help to prevent you spraining or rolling your ankle during training or fighting.

If you are worried about an ankle injury that you've been suffering from then be sure to grab yourself a pair of good quality ankle supports to help prevent further aggravating your injury.

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