Ankle Injuries in Football and Basketball

Most athletes that play football and/or basketball know that these sports put their ankles at risk for injury. Yet so many football and basketball players, especially younger players, don’t do anything to protect themselves from injury.

Let’s put things in to perspective:

  • Tight end Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots limped off the field during their AFC Championship win on Sunday, January 22. Now he’s questionable to return for the Super Bowl. He might miss playing in the Super Bowl because of an ankle injury!
  • Center Al Jefferson of the Utah Jazz recently had to sit out of another basketball game because of an inflamed ankle. This isn’t the first time he’s hurt his ankle. How many more times is it going to happen?
  • Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely due to a fractured left ankle which occurred after landing on another player’s foot.

Ankle injuries are very frequent in both football and basketball. Luckily there are ways you can reduce your chances of ankle injuries. For one thing, be sure to strengthen and stretch your ankles between games. Having strong ankle muscles means that you’re less likely to sprain your ankle.  Check your equipment. Be sure your shoes aren’t worn out. Include ankle braces as part of your usual gear that you wear on the court and on the field.

Although nothing can completely eliminate our chances for ankle injuries, they can significantly reduce them. Talk with your doctor or sports medicine professional for additional ways to help reduce your chances of ankle injuries from football and basketball. You can also check out these following resources for football and basketball ankle protection.

Football Knee Braces Proven to Help Protect The Knees

With football season well underway, knee injuries are on the rise. If you play football or other contact sports, make sure you’re wearing knee braces to protect yourself from injury. Watch this video to learn more about knee protection during football:

Don’t get sidelined this season. Check out the latest football knee braces that can protect your knees this season and next.

DonJoy Defiance Protects NFL Quarterback Tom Brady from Injury

New England quarterback Tom Brady has worn a DonJoy Defiance custom knee brace on his left knee since his season-ending injury in 2008. Ever since that incident, the NFL has made it a violation to tackle quarterbacks below the knee. Some even call it the “Tom Brady Rule”.

This past Sunday versus the Chargers, Brady nearly experienced the same injury as San Diego’s Antonio Garay tackled him on a low hit to his left knee. Brade escaped unscathed from the incident.

Brady spoke with WEEI sports radio and credits his knee brace for protecting him during the incident. “I’m glad I had a knee brace on. Those are scary, man, when you’ve been through those ones before. He got me in a good spot, and I’m glad the knee brace took the brunt of the force. Why I never wore a knee brace before, I have no idea. Why every quarterback doesn’t wear one on their left knee, I have no idea. It’s just so unprotected.”

Protect your knees starting today by learning more about knee braces for football.

Achilles Tendon Football Injuries

Football players are at exceptionally high risk for injuring their Achilles tendon because of the explosive acceleration and sharp changes in direction in football. Five year NFL veteran Jon Beason has never missed a game, but due to a torn Achilles tendon he’ll miss the rest of the 2011-2012 season. Before the regular season even started, more than 10 players league-wide had already suffered season-ending Achilles tendon tears.

Achilles injuries can happen to any athlete, from recreational to professional.  The Achilles tendon is located just above the heel and it helps attach the lower part of the calf to the bone in your heel. It helps your calf muscles work when running or walking, and it’s the largest and strongest tendon in the human body.

To help reduce risk of Achilles tendon tears and Achilles tendonitis, athletes are encouraged to strengthen and condition the muscles in the foot, stretch, and stay warmed up during games.  If you suffer from an Achilles tendon injury there are braces that can help stabilize the foot while you recover.

Football Knee Braces for Injury Prevention

Earlier this week we posted about how to prevent football injuries. Knee injuries are especially common in football because of the tackling, sharp turns and lateral movement in the sport. Wearing football knee braces can help prevent injuries to the knee when playing. Here are some of the top football knee braces:

DonJoy Armor Knee Brace with FourcePoint Hinge – Great after an injury has occurred, but more importantly it can also help prevent an injury from happening in the first place. Comes with the patented FourcePoint hinge which is the only knee brace hinge proven to prevent ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries.

DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace – This knee brace also comes with the FourcePoint hinge. It conforms to your knee’s natural motion so you won’t feel restricted when moving around.

DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace – A knee brace designed for maximum patient comfort. It provides knee stability before or after injury and is also easy on your wallet.

DonJoy FullForce Ligament Knee Brace – This knee brace is especially designed to help protect the ligaments in the knee, including the ACL, PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), MCL (medial collateral ligament) and LCL (medial collateral ligament).