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!
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
- bruising and abrasions
- shoulder pain
- rotator cuff tear
- elbow tendonitis
- tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
- elbow hyperextension
- wrist sprain
- thumb sprains
- bruised ribs
- pulled groin
- pulled hamstring
- iliotibial band syndrome
- patellofemoral pain (also known as runner’s knee)
- knee tendonitis
- knee hyperextension
- 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.
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.
Did you know that more than 775,000 U.S. children ages 14 and under are taken to the emergency room each year due to sports related injuries? What’s shocking is that more than half of all sports injuries in children are actually preventable!
Prevention starts with pre-season physical examinations. Things like proper hydration and coaching can also contribute to healthier sports activities. Proper equipment such as knee braces and ankle braces can also help prevent injury.
Check out this infographic below for more interesting facts about youth sports injuries and shop our sports braces today!
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Football is an intense sport that is incredibly taxing on the body. Athletes that participate in football put their bodies at risk each time they step on the field. The most commonly injured areas are the knee, shoulder, wrist and groin. Some football players also struggle with ankle injuries.
Here are some ways to reduce your chance of injury on the football field:
- Stretch before and after working out.
- Warm up before practice or a game.
- If you’ve had previous injury or want to do as much as you can to prevent injuries from occurring, wear football braces for the appropriate area (ie. football knee braces).
- Make sure your gear is not worn out and replace shoes when necessary.
- Learn the proper techniques for blocking, tackling, catching and throwing – good footwork can be the difference between an amazing play or an injury.
- Rest when appropriate, and see your doctor if you get hurt!
These simple steps can help greatly reduce your chances of injury this season.