It’s the season to be jolly… on the snow! Sledding, snowboarding and skiing is happening in wide abundance and it’s the time of year when most people enjoy heading up to the mountains for a fun snowy weekend. Just remember – when you participate in activities this winter, be sure to protect your joints from injuries and sprains.
That’s why our featured product today is the DonJoy Ski Armor Knee Brace. Typical knee braces have a much longer length and can get in the way of your ski boots. Wearing a knee brace while skiing can also cause the brace to get caught on your other knee (or other knee brace if you are wearing two). The DonJoy Armor Knee Brace – Ski Version is designed to prevent these issues. It has a shorter calf cuff, meaning there’s plenty of room between your knee brace and ski boot. The DonJoy Ski Armor also comes with a medial ski deflector which prevents your other knee from getting caught on the knee brace.
Another great feature of the DonJoy Ski Armor Knee Brace is that it comes with all the protection of the standard DonJoy Armor Knee Brace. It’s designed to reduce the pressure on the ligaments in your knee such as the ACL, which is ideal for skiers as they’re moving down the slopes and making sharp turns in the snow. In summary, this knee brace provides maximum protection for your knee while skiing. If you’re planning on skiing this season, make sure to add the DonJoy Ski Armor Knee Brace to your list of equipment to help prevent injury!
Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She recently tore her ACL and will be sharing her experiences with us as she works towards getting back into sports.
It’s been 5 months since my arthroscopic knee surgery in August to repair my torn ACL. I’m doing well considering I’m probably not the most diligent person when it comes to physical therapy (don’t follow my bad example!).
Here are some things I discovered about recovering from ACL surgery:
Your quad muscle (the muscle in your thigh) really weakens FAST! Most of the past few months have been trying to re-strengthen this muscle.
Going down stairs is harder than going up stairs. I knew I was getting stronger once I could walk down stairs normally instead of 1 step at a time.
The muscles around your knee really affect how it moves. The last part of my recovery is to continue to strengthen these muscles so that I don’t have any patella tracking issues.
It’s been a little scary because sometimes I feel like my knee doesn’t move the right way. This is mostly due to the weakened muscles around my left knee. The key is that I need to keep working out, keep visiting my physical therapist, and to stay motivated in the New Year! If you’ve torn your ACL or are recovering from ACL surgery, check with your doctor for the best treatment options for your situation.
P.S. Cycling on a stationary bike at the gym has been a great addition to my physical therapy as well. Talk with your therapist to see if it’s something you can add to your routine.
Knee sleeves are great for addressing mild knee pain and minor arthritis. Here are just a few reasons why they are great knee supports for minor knee pain and injuries:
Knee sleeves keep the area warm and the muscles are more likely to be flexible and limber – reducing your chance of injury.
Knee sleeves often come with metal stabilizers on each side of the knee which give added support.
Knee sleeves are available in many materials so you can find what’s most comfortable for you.
Knee sleeves are easy to put on, regardless of what age you are or condition you have.
Knee sleeves are much easier on the wallet than most other types of knee supports, which means you can find a knee sleeve that’s within your budget as well!
If you have minor knee pain, speak with your doctor to see if a knee sleeve is right for your injury or condition. Wearing a knee sleeve may be just what your body needs to help alleviate knee pain. Check out our wide selection of knee sleeves today!
The Aircast A60 Ankle Brace is specifically designed to help prevent rollover injuries. It has stabilizers that protect your ankle on both sides. Ankle brace experts have determined that placing these stabilizers at a 60 degree angle is ideal in helping reduce the chances of ankle sprains.
Watch this video to learn more about how the Aircast A60 can help reduce your chances of rollover injuries during sports and other activities:
A few weeks ago we wrote about the importance of wrist protection for snowboarding. As that article mentions, it’s been proven that wearing a wrist brace while snowboarding significantly lowers your odds of wrist injuries while snowboarding. Here are the two wrist braces we recommend for snowboarding:
DonJoy Wrist Wraps – This wrist brace allows your hand to freely move around. It won’t get in the way, but still provides ample protection for the wrist during sports and job-related wrist activities. DonJoy Wrist Wraps are also very comfortable to wear and easy on the wallet.
DonJoy CXT & SXT Functional Wrist Brace – This wrist brace provides maximum protection for the wrist. It can be used for all types of activities that cause high impact on your wrist (even activities such as motocross, BMX, hockey, and football.) It’s made of carbon fiber so it’s incredibly strong, and you can adjust the range of motion of the wrist brace so that it matches your needs.
These wrist braces are also great for other activities or sports that involve a lot of falling, such as skateboarding, roller hockey and skiing. Check out our snowboarding wrist braces today!