Back To School Means Back to Football

It’s almost time for back to school, which means it’s time to get ready for football season!  For many student athletes who play football, this time of year represents intense training to get prepared for the regular season. As football kicks off, injuries are also on the rise. Check out these braces for football which help make sure you stay safe on the field.

Football Knee Braces – The knee undergoes a lot of strain during football. Many professional NFL players wear knee braces to protect themselves from season-ending injuries such as football ligament injuries or knee strain. We provide some of the leading braces for football, so check them out today!

Football Ankle Braces – As with any contact sport, the ankles undergo lots of stress during football. Wearing football ankle braces may help prevent these injuries and lend the ankle added support during those sharp turns and intense competition.

Football Shoulder Braces – For football athletes, a healthy shoulder is critical to playing the sport well. It’s used for throwing, receiving, blocking and tackling. Check out these shoulder braces for football to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect your assets.

Football Wrist Braces – Repetitive throwing and catching can strain the wrist, which is why wearing wrist braces for football is extremely important. They can also protect your wrists when you tackle someone (or get tackled!)

Football Back Braces – The back is a very powerful part of the body, and it’s no surprise that it takes an active role when playing football. Protect your back by wearing back braces for football and stay in the game longer and with more confidence.

Football Elbow Braces – Even the elbow gets involved during football… taking the brunt of falls and being a key part of every tackle. Keeping the elbow healthy is especially important for quarterbacks, who may encounter repetitive stress injuries from constant throwing.

Football is an intense sport, but also extremely fun when you’re healthy. Stay safe on the field and check out these football braces today!

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.