Category Archives: Sports

Do Knee Braces Prevent Injuries in Football?

Do Knee Braces Prevent Injuries in Football?Football has become an increasingly popular sport over the years. The sport has not only become more prevalent at collegiate and professional levels but is also sparking the interest of young athletes as well. According to CNS News, football was the number one participation sport in the 2012-2013 season for youth, with over 14,000 schools offering tackle football programs to over 1 million student athletes. Continue reading

Handy Guide to Wrist Wraps

Wrist wraps are a great option for those individuals seeking added support and protection for their wrists. Wrist wraps are designed in a variety of styles to help with sprains, weakness, post-operative needs, and more. While they can be very helpful for people who are suffering from injuries and ailments in the wrist area, wraps are also very beneficial for individuals like athletes who can wear them to protect the area during aggressive contact, heavy lifting, etc. Continue reading

6 Signs You Should Invest in a Brace

There are a very wide range of braces available on today’s market, many of them catering to simple injuries or pains, while others support post-surgery operations and serious rehabilitation. Depending on your individual issues, there are a plethora of options that could benefit your injury or help to prevent one.

If you’re thinking about investing in a brace, but you’re not sure if it’s the right thing to do, there are a few signs you can look for. These signs may tell you that it’s time to rely on something a little stronger for your issues, or that it’s a good idea to invest in one to prevent any. Here are 6 signs you should invest in a brace: Continue reading

5 Ways Ankle Braces Help Basketball Players

The sport of basketball is demanding and fast-paced, and those who play the game need to be prepared for the challenges and demands that the sport puts on their body. Whether an individual is playing in a beginner league or at an elite level, all basketball players can be prone to injury if they’re not careful.

Basketball requires a lot of speed, jumping, and directional changes, and all of these can be cause for injury. Some players opt to wear ankle braces while they play in order to help cushion and support their ankles during physical activity.

According to a study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, basketball players at the high school level who wore ankle braces had 68% fewer injuries than athletes who opted not to wear a brace.
If you’re not sure if ankle braces are your solution, consider the following ways that braces help in basketball: Continue reading

5 Tips for Using Pediatric Braces

Even the smallest bones and muscles can become injured. In today’s society, youth sports and competition are performed at a much higher level and, as a result, injuries are much more common. To help protect and fix injuries in children, a brace can sometimes be the key to making them better again.

For some children braces are a new experience. They may have trouble putting them on and getting used to them. However, with a little practice and some helpful tips, your child will be able to maneuver without trouble and start healing in no time.

Here are 12 tips for how to use pediatric braces: Continue reading

Knee Braces: 6 Ways They Can Help Students Prepare for School Sports

Braces for School Sports

More and more we see the popularity of youth sports intensifying; while this is great for parents who want their kids to stay active, it also means paying more attention to sport safety and injury prevention.

As interest in playing sports grows, so does the level of competition and intensity. Many experts have expressed the growing number of youth injuries is due to the higher levels of performance required to be successful in a variety sports. Today’s kids need to be stronger, faster and braver in order to surpass others who have been training their whole lives in a particular sport. Continue reading

ACL Injuries in High School Sports

ACL injuries in High School Sports

High school sports continue to be at the forefront of injury-related discussions. The increase in competition over the years is pushing the boundaries of what we expect of young athletes, and more and more we see injuries as a result of stress, over-use, and excess strain on the body.

At the high school level, athletes are expected to train to be faster and stronger than their rivals, and the pressure to perform is a very real issue. In terms of injuries, one of the most popular locations for injury is the knee. According to studies on high school injuries, the knee is the second most commonly injured area of the body behind the ankle; however, it is the leading injury for sports-related surgeries. Continue reading

Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular?

Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular?

Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular?Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular? The lace up ankle braces with figure 8 strapping configurations are by far the most popular ankle brace sold at The Brace Shop
There are many other manufacturers that make a lace up type of ankle brace with figure 8 strapping.

MedSpec (Medical Specialties, Inc.) was a relatively unknown company based out of Charlotee, NC, until several professional tennis players started to wear the ASO during play. Andy Roddick was one of the first and since then, athletes like Lebron James, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade use them for preventative reasons.

One reason for the popularity of the brace is its construction. The ASO ankle brace is lightweight for a lace-up brace but still maintains a degree of stiffness and rigidity along the sides of the brace. The figure 8 strapping configuration mimics a taping that a coach or a trainer would provide and is very adjustable. The more stability to prevent inversion of the ankle, the tighter you pull on the figure 8 straps. The brace is very durable with a life expectancy of approximately 10-12 months with repeated use. The ballistic nylon base provides tremendous strength considering the thickness of the material. The brace is easy to clean and can be machine washed, although it is best to hand wash and air dry for longevity.

The brace is ideal for chronic ankle instability and does not appear to restrict movement in those sports that require side to side movement and rotation, such as tennis and basketball. The ASO fits into most athletic shoe gear, although cleated shoes do pose a problem, especially with the ASO EVO and ASO with inserts.

Please make sure you speak with your coach, trainer or healthcare profession regarding your ankle condition, and what type of brace is best for your ankle problem. The Brace Shop has been around for years and has serviced over 1 million customers. Their goal is to provide exceptional service, best pricing and fast shipping. Other web based companies cannot offer the selection, service and prices that The Brace Shop has provided for over a decade.

Breg FreeRunner Patellofemoral Knee Brace

Breg FreeRunner Patellofemoral Knee Brace

 

Breg FreeRunner Patellofemoral Knee Brace

The New Breg FreeRunner Patellofemoral Knee Brace is revolutionizing knee bracing. Once and a while, a manufacturer develops a patellofemoral knee brace that far exceeds most people’s expectations in terms of comfort, function and support.

Many knee braces usually can satisfy one or even two of these requirements, but when all three features are met, we have a home run.

The R&D department at Breg has come up with a revolutionary patellofemoral knee brace that addresses many of the problems and complaints that athletes have when wearing a knee brace, and in particular a patellofemoral support.

The New Breg FreeRunner Patellofemoral Knee Brace is a fabric style brace designed for athletes suffering from patellofemoral disorders such as patella tracking, subluxation and other patella related overuse conditions.

The unique design of these knee braces provide dynamic patella stabilization of the knee when the knee is fully extended, but relaxes during flexion of the knee. One of the most common complaints with these types of braces is slippage.

Breg has addressed this problem by providing elastic banding around the ends of the brace and silicone strips for better skin traction. The brace is extremely lightweight at only 7 oz. and is very low profile, so it can be worn under clothing.

The Breg FreeRunner also has medial and lateral hinges on either side for additional knee stability and support. Its front closure design allows for customized fit and easy application. Cleaning the brace is easy as hand washing in a sink with cold water with mild soap.

The new Smart-Zone Compression fabric provides a combination of moderate compression for anatomic support and light compression for a non-binding fit. This is by far one of the most comfortable patellofemoral knee braces on the market.

Application of the brace is easy. If you forget how to put it on, Breg has a QR code on the brace that you can scan with your phone or tablet for a quick and easy reminder.The brace is ideal for a wide range of patella conditions such as patellar tendonitis or “Jumper’s Knee”, patellar tracking disorder and patellar pain syndrome or “Runner’s Knee”. Check with your doctor or sports medicine specialist to determine your condition and if the Breg FreeRunner is the brace for your condition.

The Brace Shop is your sports authority on patella conditions and the Breg FreeRunner Knee Brace.

Should Thigh Braces be Used During Soccer

Should Thigh Braces be Used During Soccer

Should Thigh Braces be Used During Soccer

Should Thigh Braces be Used During Soccer

Soccer is the most widely played sport in the USA behind basketball and baseball.  With all the attention drawn to the 2014 FIF World Cup, it is important for younger players to understand that the soccer players they see on TV are the best in the world.

Judging by the many women who seem to be attracted to these shirtless athletes with well defined abs, it demonstrates that strength and flexibility are a necessary combination to compete at this level.

Many of these athletes wear compression thigh sleeves to reduce hamstring injuries and prevent muscle fatigue. So should thigh braces be used during soccer by younger soccer players?

Younger athletes do not have the skills or conditioning to participate at this level of play, and injuries are very common. Many of the injuries that occur are due to the repetitive kicking movements when playing soccer.  These injuries involve the upper thigh and groin area and occur primarily due to lack of stretching or hyperextension of the groin and thigh muscles.  If you analyze a soccer player kicking, you will see various hip, knee and ankle movements all working together to kick the soccer ball in a certain direction with a certain velocity.

Muscle strains and sprains are common injuries in the thigh and groin area due to repetitive start/stop motions and rotation movements. The adductor muscle group, which is made up of 5 muscles stabilize movement of the leg when running in a sport that changes direction a lot. The quadriceps, which are made up of 4 muscles in front of the thigh are susceptible to injury due to overuse and improper conditioning.  The hamstrings, which are a group of three muscles in the back of the thigh are designed to counteract the forces of the quadriceps.

 

All of these muscles make up the majority of the thigh musculature.  In order to reduce the stress and strains of playing soccer and reduce the chance of injury, a thigh brace is utilized to protect these muscles. Most of these thigh braces are compression braces, which reduce vibration and overstretching of the muscles and tendons.

Some braces also help retain heat to the skin, to keep the musculature warm to prevent contractures.  Compression shorts are also popular choices as they provide more complete coverage of the groin and thigh areas.  Thigh braces are inexpensive and easy to wear.  They are unobtrusive and do not restrict movement.

There is no substitute to good warm ups and stretching exercises before playing soccer. So should thigh braces be used during soccer?  It has been shown that Knee Braces like thigh supports add an additional element of protection for the young athlete to reduce the change of injury.

The Brace Shop has a wide range of thigh supports and compression shorts to fit all ages and sizes.

Check out the Bio Skin Thigh Skin with Cinch Strap for maximum thigh protection, or the new Bauerfeind MyoTrain Elastic Thigh Brace for maximum support and comfort.