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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

Ankle Brace for Running

Ankle Brace for Running

Ankle Brace for RunningDo you need an Ankle Brace for Running? It has been a tough winter for most of the country. Now that the weather has changed and the sun is shining, many people are trying to get back into running to get back into shape and get rid of the winter weight that has accumulated.

Running has been a popular activity in the spring, but injuries have also increased, primarily ankle injuries. Ankle sprains, metatarsal stress fractures heel spurs and plantar fasciitis has been seen this spring as weekend warriors try to get into shape.

How can you reduce or prevent such injuries that are very common with running? One of the biggest reasons is conditioning. Overuse and stress on the feet and ankles cause many of the ills mentioned in this article, but a good ankle brace can help reduce these stresses. There are many ankle braces on the market to choose from, so how do you decide which is best for your running skills?

The first thing is to check your shoe gear. There is nothing more important than spending money on a good pair of running shoes. Do not run with walking shoes or combination shoes. Check with your athletic shoe store to match your foot type with the best running shoe. Second is to choose the correct ankle brace. Simple ankle braces like ankle sleeves or compression supports help reduce swelling, but do little to provide support. Lace-up braces provide additional support with some offering figure 8 strapping which mimics taping that your coach or trainer would do. More aggressive ankle braces are called stirrup ankle braces and strirrup hinged ankle braces. These types of braces provide rigidity on either side of the ankle, with the hinged ankle braces offering range of motion at the hinges on the sides of the brace.

No matter what ankle brace you have chosen, it is important to check with your doctor, chiropractor, podiatrist or coach/trainer to determine which brace is best for your orthopedic condition.

Go to The Brace Shop’s The Brace shopfor a wide selection of ankle braces suitable for running.

Boston Marathon The Spirit Runs On

Boston Marathon The Spirit Runs On

Boston Marathon The Spirit Runs OnBoston Marathon The Spirit Runs On. The Boston Marathon took root in 1897 and slowly but steadily grew into a footrace with 20,000 or more participants running twenty-six miles. An estimated half a million spectators watch as professional and amateur runners from all over the world chase their dreams down winding roads, up unrelenting hills and through the brisk air of an early spring day in New England.

This Marathon has always represented the ‘can do’ attitude of individuals who drive the collective mindset. It became the first notable marathon to develop a division specifically for participants in wheelchairs. Add another division for the runners who are blind, and yet another for those with impaired mobility, to approach the full meaning of the Boston Marathon.

On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded near the grandstands that focused on the last strides of the runners as they approached the not-too-distant finish line. The dream of completing the marathon suddenly became surreal and nightmarish. Screams pierced the air as bodies were shredded, broken and blown apart by senseless, cowardly violence. And, still, some runners continued on.

Inspirational stories took shape above the crimson-stained rubble. Whether truths, myths-in-the-making or a mixture of each, it makes little to no difference. The spirit behind the stories is very real. Runners continued to propel themselves to the finish line. It has been reported that several who escaped injury kept right on running to the nearest hospital to donate blood.

An elderly runner, knocked down by one of the blasts, was helped up onto his feet. He was assisted across the finish line. A middle-aged man sat in a wheelchair with one of his lower legs missing. Appearing in shock, he was rushed across the finish line before he was taken to an ambulance. The will to survive and to carry on has never been more evident.

What was to be gained from bombing the Boston Marathon? The event is comprised of the most innovative, tenacious and goal-oriented people in the world. They work around their physical challenges to accomplish whatever they set out to do. Their reach is long and they’ll use whatever tools are available to complete their bucket lists. Prosthetics, braces, crutches and wheelchairs are just a means for them to move forward in life.

It’s all a testament to the human spirit. As long as the body can be mobile, it will race towards one goal after another. That’s what makes the difference between being alive and living. And, witness those who make it against all odds reach out to help those who are stumbling or hobbling along. Sometimes, the blind really do lead the blind. And, they do it very well.

Two years have passed since that awful day. Now we reach out in full support of all of the victims and their families. Just like you, we’re fully committed to doing whatever we can to help you to move on with full lives. Know, in this uniquely challenging time, that you aren’t standing alone. As the Brace Shop deals with patients who have lost mobility due to trauma and disease, our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims in hopes for a speedy recovery.We stand beside you to walk along with you. Although the Boston Marathon is over for this year, thanks to all of you, the spirit runs on.

Product Review – Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Band For Patella Tendonitis

Cho-Pat’s newly patented Dual Action Knee Strap provides an extra dimension of relief for painful and weakened knees for all types of sports activities. It is ideal for running, basketball, soccer, tennis and golf. The Dual Action Knee Band is one of the most popular knee bands on the market today, and is useful for a wide range of knee conditions, primarily patella tendonitis, and chondromalacia.

Patellar tendonitis is pain in the band of tissue that connects the kneecap to the shinbone.

Many patients suffer from pain and tenderness around the patellar tendon, swelling where the patellar tendon attaches to the shin bone, pain with jumping, running, or walking, especially downhill or downstairs, pain with bending or straightening the leg.

The most common activity causing patellar tendonitis is too much jumping. Other repeated activities such as running, walking, or bicycling may lead to patellar tendonitis. It is particularly common in people who play basketball. All of these activities put repeated stress on the patellar tendon, causing it to be inflamed.

The Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Band applies pressure upon the patellar tendon above and below the kneecap to stabilize and tighten up the kneecap mechanism, which improves patellar tracking and elevation and reduces patellar subluxation. The knee band reduces the amount of wear and tear on the undersurface of the joint. It also alleviates the stress to the tendon and promotes healing by redistributing the forces exerted by the quadriceps muscle.

The Dual Action Knee Band’s design and construction apply constant dynamic forces to the surrounding areas of the knee reducing the likelihood of overuse syndromes. At the same time, the strap allows for full mobility while providing maximum benefits.

The strap is ideal for people suffering from the following knee conditions:

1) Jumper’s knee (also known as patellar tendinopathy)

2) Chondromalacia (due to an irritation of the undersurface of the kneecap)

3) Patellar tendonitis (An injury that affects the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone)

4) Patellofemoral pain syndrome (you feel pain under and around your kneecap, usually caused by the way your kneecap moves in the groove of your thigh bone)

5) Runner’s knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome may be the result of irritation of the soft tissues around the front of the knee)

In conjunction to wearing the support, it is suggested that you reduce the activities that involve the knee tendons and muscles for a few days to help reduce the strain and inflammation. The taking of an oral anti-inflammatory medication may also speed up the healing process if it can be tolerated.

Talk to your doctor about the Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Band. It is one of the most popular and successful knee bands on the market today. It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition.