Talk about toughness! The U.S. Men’s 4×400 relay team was plagued by injury, but none of them top it off like Manteo Mitchell. About halfway through his leg of the preliminary race, he heard a pop and immediately knew something was wrong. With his teammates in mind, he finished his portion and then limped to the sidelines.
After the race Manteo Mitchell learned that he had a complete break of his left fibula (calf bone). Basically, he ran 200 meters with a broken leg and still finished with a very respectable time of 46.1 seconds. In fact, the U.S. team tied with the Bahamas for the fastest time ever in the first round of an Olympic relay race.
Mitchell will spend the next 4-6 weeks on crutches and in a walking brace. Walking braces, also known as medical walking boots, help support the injury while it heals. The walking brace stabilizes the bones and protects the leg from impact with its hard exterior shell. Earlier in the week Mitchell had slipped on stairs and fallen, but thought nothing of it. It’s amazing how a such a small incident led to a large injury. The human body accomplishes incredible feats, and it’s a good thing that we have devices like walking boots to support us!
The typical response when you mention “plantar fasciitis” to a basketball player is… “huh?” However, that may not be the case anymore after Spain’s Olympic basketball star Juan Carlos Navarro had to miss some games due to the condition.
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes. This tissue creates the arch of the foot and is known as the plantar fascia. When the plantar fascia becomes irritated from overuse it can cause pain and discomfort.
Because basketball involves so much running and foot movement, plantar fasciitis can actually be quite common amongst basketball players. Some athletes wear ankle or foot braces that treat plantar fasciitis, such as the Aircast Airheel Ankle Brace. It gives extra support under the arch and has special aircells that inflate and deflate as you walk to gently massage key areas of the foot.
So if you’re an athlete and start experiencing pain at the heel or bottom of the foot, check with your doctor to see if it may be plantar fasciitis. Then check out braces and supports for plantar fasciitis!
One of the big fears every basketball player has is a season-ending knee injury. China’s Olympic basketball player Yi Jianlian can attest to that – he’s been struggling with a knee injury for several days now, and it’s clear to viewers and teammates that it’s affecting his game – and the scores.
To help prevent basketball knee injuries from happening in the first place, many professional and recreational basketball players wear basketball knee braces. They help support and stabilize the knee, reducing your chance of ligament injuries. Some athletes wear knee straps which also help with pain from tendonitis and jumper’s knee. With all the running and stress on the joints, basketball knee braces take a key part in battling knee injuries during basketball.
Basketball knee braces can also help after an injury has occurred. Many injuries that athletes suffer are actually re-injuries of issues that have happened in the past. Knee braces give added support to prevent the knee joint from moving out of place, minimizing the time that your knee is in at “at risk” position for re-injury.
Check out these basketball knee braces and get the protection you deserve during the pre-season.
South Korean weightlifter Sa Jae-Hyouk experienced a traumatic elbow dislocation injury witnessed by millions of Olympic viewers from around the world. While attempting to lift 357 pounds, he was unable to get out of his squat. Under the tremendous weight, his right elbow bent back the wrong direction. Ouch!
This weightlifting accident goes to show that sports like weightlifting can exert huge amounts of strain on the body. While wearing weightlifting braces may not have prevented Sa Jae-Hyouk’s injury, they definitely help provide support and stabilization for amateur and professional weightlifters during regular weightlifting routines.
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