Jogging Injuries – They’re More Common Than You Think!

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

Recently, I’ve had several friends pick up marathon running as a hobby.  They are all fairly active in other sports as well.  But strangely enough, it’s the jogging that’s starting to give them issues with injuries.  Many joggers experience injuries in the first 4-6 months of running.  Risk of injuries increase as the distance and speed are increased as well.

Here’s some of the jogging injuries they’re starting to experience now:

Runner’s Knee – Also known as patellofemoral pain, runner’s knee is caused from repetitive bending of the knee.  That’s why it’s common in runners, but it can also occur in other physical activities and sports as well.  The pain occurs behind the kneecap and can make it aggravating to continue running.  Check out some knee braces that help prevent runner’s knee.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB or ITBS) – ITBS is another common injury in runners, which one of my friends is experiencing now. The iliotibial band connects from the hip all the way down to the shin. When it gets inflamed is when runners and other athletes start to experience pain in the knee. It can sometimes be prevented with better shoes and running techniques, as well as wearing knee braces for Iliotibial Band Syndrome.

Ankle Instability – Another one of my friends is experiencing ankle pain and instability since picking up jogging.  Because of the repetitive nature of the activity, and also the recurring force against a hard surface, jogging can cause old ankle injuries to come back full force. Athletes need to train carefully in order to make sure prior injuries don’t come back to haunt them from jogging.  Check out some braces for ankle instability.

If you’re a jogger and you’re experiencing injuries, check with your doctor to determine the appropriate treatment for your situation.  Don’t get fooled by the simple nature of jogging – make sure you protect yourself by wearing the appropriate gear and take the time to properly ramp up your training regiment!

Common Martial Arts Injuries

Martial arts are practiced all over the world.  It’s also a popular sport for children because it teaches discipline and respect.  Despite its popularity, not much attention is brought to the fact that martial arts injuries are quite common.

Martial arts is a sport that involves the entire body, so every part of the body is at risk – from the head and neck down to the foot and ankle.  Most martial arts injuries occur from overuse because of the repetitive movements and use of the joints.  However, more serious injury can occur especially in competitive martial arts training (as opposed to recreational.)

Here are some common martial arts injuries:

HEAD & NECK

  • concussions
  • bruising and abrasions

 
ARMS

  • shoulder pain
  • rotator cuff tear
  • elbow tendonitis
  • tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • elbow hyperextension
  • wrist sprain
  • thumb sprains
  • bruising

 
ABDOMEN

  • bruised ribs
  • pulled groin

 
LEGS/KNEES

  • pulled hamstring
  • iliotibial band syndrome
  • patellofemoral pain (also known as runner’s knee)
  • knee tendonitis
  • knee hyperextension

 
ANKLES

  • ankle sprains
  • ankle fractures

 

As you can see, the list of injuries that may occur when practicing martial arts is very extensive… and what’s listed here are just the most common ones!  Check out our braces and supports and speak with your instructor and doctor about additional ways to treat and prevent martial arts injuries.

Pregnancy Back Pain Relief

Pregnancy back pain is a major concern for expectant mothers, and it’s no surprise with the extra load they’re carrying. However, did you know that pregnancy back pain may occur even during the first trimester, before the body undergoes significant changes on the outside? That’s because lots of changes are happening on the inside.

The stretching of the ligaments in the hip and abdominal area, coupled with the expanding uterus, may actually cause sciatica, a type of back and leg pain that is caused when pressure is applied to the nerves in the lower back. The pain may feel like a mild tingling, a dull ache, a sharp sudden pain, or even a burning sensation. And of course, the expectant mother may also feel back pain in the third trimester. So how do you help alleviate pregnancy back pain?

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DonJoy Maternity Belt

Well, first of all, always consult your doctor. The cause of back pain must first be diagnosed in order to be sure of which treatment method to use. In many cases, no treatment is recommended and symptoms clear up on their own. Your physician may suggest applying heat or ice to the area or he may suggest mild doses of over-the-counter pain relievers. You can also wear a pregnancy back support, such as the DonJoy Maternity Belt. It’s designed for all stages of pregnancy and supports both the lower back and abdominal area. The DonJoy Maternity Belt helps to eliminate discomfort during pregnancy.

If these treatments do not work, your doctor may suggest physical therapy or recommend a back specialist. Carrying your baby for nine months is not easy, but the reward is well worth it in the end!

Favorite Knee Brace for Football Players

donjoy armor fourcepoint knee brace Favorite Knee Brace for Football Players

DonJoy Armor with Fourcepoint Hinge

Football is a strenuous activity that places a heavy amount of strain on the players’ knees.  When participating in this sport, it’s important for participants to use adequate protection to prevent injuries such as ACL tears and knee sprains.

One of the best things you can do is to wear a football knee brace. Our staff favorite is the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace with FourcePoint Hinge. It offers maximum protection without inhibiting movement on the field.  DJO Global Product Specialist and Certified Athletic Trainer Leana says:

“I always suggest the DonJoy Armor with the FourcePoint hinge to the football players I look after. The FourcePoint hinge technology provides less strain on their knee ligaments and decreases their chance of injury; therefore, allowing them to play to their highest potential. It’s the strongest brace you can get without a prescription and it’s available in ACL, PCL and CI versions.”

So if you play football, check out the DonJoy Armor FourcePoint today! You can also browse our other football knee braces.

Ankle Braces for Sports

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

I was keeping time for an ultimate frisbee tournament this weekend and I was surprised at the poor quality ankle supports and make-shift taping people were using. Like any sport with lots of running and quick turns, ultimate frisbee players put a lot of strain on the ankles. A rolled ankle or slip in the mud can lead to ankle sprains and tenderness… which no athlete wants.

I found myself suggesting that these players check out some of the ankle braces available on BetterBraces.com. Here are some of the bestselling ankle braces:

DonJoy Velocity Ankle Brace – One of the best ankle braces on the market – provides maximum support and like-custom comfort.

Aircast Airsport Ankle Brace – Ideal for ankle protection during all types of physical activity.

Aircast A60 Ankle Brace (also available in white) – Protects your ankles at their weakest point to help prevent ankle rollovers and ankle sprains.

DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace – A more consistent and effective alternative to ankle taping.

One of the most important things I suggest to people is to make sure you protect your joints during physical activity. I’ve personally witnessed so many unexpected injuries that might have been prevented with a bit of protection.

P.S. Always check with your doctor when treating injuries so they can determine the best solution for your situation.