The winter season is still going strong with snow on the slopes and skiers and snowboarders from all over the United States enjoying the fun. If you’re planning on skiing or snowboarding this season, don’t forget your protective gear. Here are some braces and supports for skiing and snowboarding that we offer:
Skiing Knee Braces – Knee injuries and ligament tears are actually quite common in skiing, since sometimes the leg may turn one way while the ski is turned another. Wearing a skiing knee brace may help minimize these injuries or even prevent them from happening!
Skiing Back Braces – Many skiers hunch over while going down the slope to lower their center of gravity and wind resistance. However, this position may also strain the back and cause pain. Wearing a skiing back brace can give your back extra support while you’re headed down the slopes.
Snowboarding Knee Braces – Knee injuries are also very common in snowboarding because the feet are bound to the snowboard. Sometimes the snowboarder may go one way while the board goes another! Like skiing, snowboarding knee braces may help prevent injuries such as knee sprains and meniscus tears.
Snowboarding Wrist Braces – Falling is a part of snowboarding. The natural reaction when falling is to put out your arm to brace the impact with the snow. However, this puts your wrists at risk for injuries such as sprains and fractures. Wearing a snowboarding wrist brace may help prevent these injuries.
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DonJoy Ski Armor Knee Brace
It’s the season to be jolly… on the snow! Sledding, snowboarding and skiing is happening in wide abundance and it’s the time of year when most people enjoy heading up to the mountains for a fun snowy weekend. Just remember – when you participate in activities this winter, be sure to protect your joints from injuries and sprains.
That’s why our featured product today is the DonJoy Ski Armor Knee Brace. Typical knee braces have a much longer length and can get in the way of your ski boots. Wearing a knee brace while skiing can also cause the brace to get caught on your other knee (or other knee brace if you are wearing two). The DonJoy Armor Knee Brace – Ski Version is designed to prevent these issues. It has a shorter calf cuff, meaning there’s plenty of room between your knee brace and ski boot. The DonJoy Ski Armor also comes with a medial ski deflector which prevents your other knee from getting caught on the knee brace.
Another great feature of the DonJoy Ski Armor Knee Brace is that it comes with all the protection of the standard DonJoy Armor Knee Brace. It’s designed to reduce the pressure on the ligaments in your knee such as the ACL, which is ideal for skiers as they’re moving down the slopes and making sharp turns in the snow. In summary, this knee brace provides maximum protection for your knee while skiing. If you’re planning on skiing this season, make sure to add the DonJoy Ski Armor Knee Brace to your list of equipment to help prevent injury!
Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She recently tore her ACL and will be sharing her experiences with us as she works towards getting back into sports.
When researching about my knee injury, I learned that skiing is one of the biggest culprits for ACL tears. I guess I had never thought about it before, but it makes sense. You’re headed down the slope at a fairly high speed (even on the bunny trails). If you fall, your foot is caught in the ski, and it can twist your knee farther than its natural range of motion. I can’t even imagine the amount of stress that places on your ACL and other ligaments in your knee.
Luckily, a knee brace may help prevent injury to your knees during skiing, just like with other sports. Certified athletic trainer and product specialist Leana Rice recommends the DonJoy Ski Armor Knee Brace. It’s made with superior ACL protection just like the other DonJoy Armor knee braces. Plus it’s made especially for skiing. It has a shorter overall length so you can still comfortably wear your ski boot. It also has a ski deflector that prevents the brace from catching on your other leg – especially if you’re wearing two knee braces while skiing.
My friend recently invited me on a ski trip in February. I’m working hard on my ACL recovery, and I may decide to go as long as I have the best knee brace for skiing with me!
If you are a skier you recognize that swooshing down the slopes can take a toll on your body. From knee sprains to head injuries, there are a variety of injuries that commonly plague skiers. The good news is you can prevent these injuries. In fact, it’s very easy to prevent a majority of the common ski injuries. Want to learn how to prevent these injuries? Check out our article on preventing common ski injuries.
Our Brace Coaches are often asked by skiers if it’s possible to ski after they’ve suffered from an ACL injury. The answer is yes, but a skier will need to take some steps to ensure their knee is well protected on the slopes. The first thing you’ll want to do is meet with your doctor and make sure skiing won’t further damage your knee. The next step will be to strengthen the muscles in your knee, which will help protect you knee joint from further injuries. The last step to take would be to wear a protective knee brace to ensure maximum stability for your knee joint while skiing. Check out our article on skiing with a torn ACL for additional recommendations, including the recommendations on which knee brace to wear.