Weekend Warriors! Avoid the Backlash

Do you spend weekends pushing your body to the extreme and regretting it? If you limp into the office on Monday morning with yet another injury or ache, pushing yourself might be causing you more harm than good. We all know an active lifestyle is important, but too much activity for your fitness level can put you on the sidelines.

Most weekend warrior injuries aren’t from accidents, but from exerting beyond your limits — this can be from lack of warming up, exercising with muscle fatigue or incorrect technique. Let’s look at what to do when you’re feeling the burn…

  • If you’re playing hard, protect yourself with good shoes, wrist guards and proper equipment. Wearing an ankle support or knee brace can help you prevent injuries.
  • Use good technique to keep injuries such as tendinitis and stress fractures at bay.
  • Increase activity slowly and strive for workouts that include strength training, cardiovascular and flexibility.
  • Warm up to help muscles contract and relax easily. Spend five to ten minutes briskly walking or jogging before the workout begins. If you’re an athlete, try out the Pre-Warm Up Program on the Compex Performance Muscle Stimulator.
  • Stretch after the warm up to increase blood flow, flexibility and performance. Practice proper technique when stretching and use caution, as stretching strained muscles may cause further damage. Hold for 30-60 seconds. To further avoid soreness, consider the Active Recovery Program on the Compex Performance Muscle Stimulator.
  • Keep in mind your body probably cannot perform to same level as when you were young. Rather than packing all your workouts into weekends, hit the gym on weekdays too.

Prone to injury? The most vulnerable areas are the knees, lower back, shoulders, wrists, and ankles. Typical weekender injuries include sprains and strains, muscle aches, knee and back pain, heel pain, rotator cuff injuries and shin splints. Braces and support are not just for injuries; they can help prevent injury too.

Talk to your health provider if you have specific concerns.

Sources:
http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Sports_Injuries/sports_injuries_ff.asp
http://centerforortho.com/specialties/Sports-Medicine/Sports-Injury-Articles/Weekend-Warriors-May-Battle-Injuries
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We DO Make Wrist Braces for Weightlifting

We recently stumbled upon this question on Yahoo! Answers:

Do they make wrist braces for weight lifting?
I was wondering if anyone knew if they make some kind of wrist brace for weight lifting. I have a bad wrist due to a snowboarding injury a while back, No broken bones just damaged cartilage. Im trying to let it heal so i want to do as much as i can to support it. Thanks

Weightlifting wrist braces, also known as weightlifting wrist wraps, definitely do exist! In fact, we offer a couple of them here on BetterBraces.com. If you’re ever wondering if we have a brace for a certain activity that you do, call one of our brace coaches at 1-800-553-6019. They’ll help you select the right brace for your needs. Not only do our braces help athletes from the usual sports (football, basketball, etc.), but we also have sports for out-of-the-box activities, such as motocross, rodeo, and surfing!

P.S. We also have snowboarding wrist braces, too. We wish the poster of that question had seen this years ago!

Braces for Summer Sports

Summer is here in full force, and so are summer sports!  Swimming, surfing, beach volleyball and more.  Plus more people are taking to outdoor activities such as jogging, walking, rock climbing and rollerblading. It’s time to pull out the sun block… and don’t forget to protect your joints while you’re out playing.

Like all activities, summer sports can cause injuries.  Check out the following braces and supports so you can have fun in the sun and have peace of mind.

Knee Braces – Running in the sand or out on a field can cause ligament injuries and knee strain.  These knee supports will help protect your knees and give you added strength when you need it most.

Ankle Braces – Your ankles support your body in everything you do (except maybe sunbathing)! It’s important to wear ankle braces to get extra stabilization when participating in summer sports.

Wrist Braces – Running around always comes with a risk of falling. Most people brace their falls with their wrists, which can lead to wrist fractures and wrist sprains.  Wearing wrist braces can help prevent these injuries and keep you healthy as you’re having fun in the sun.

Enjoying the nice weather means that you don’t want to get sidelined when you’re out having fun.  Check out these braces and supports and enjoy a healthy summer!

Wrist Injuries From Falling

One of the most common causes of wrist injuries is due to falling. Our natural reaction when falling is to brace the impact with our wrist. While this does reduce the force on the rest of the body, the brunt of the impact is taken on by our delicate wrist joint, leading to wrist sprains, fractures and even breaks.

If you participate in activities where there is risk of falling, then it’s important to learn the correct techniques for falling safely to protect yourself from injury. You can do this by wearing wrist braces that help absorb the impact of the fall. They also help stabilize the wrist after an injury and minimizes unnatural movement on the joint.

Here are a couple of our top maximum support wrist braces that can help minimize injury to the wrist:

DonJoy CXT and SXT Wrist Brace – One of the strongest and most durable wrist braces on the market and perfect for heavy-duty sports.

DonJoy ComfortFORM Wrist Support – Great for general wrist injuries and is designed for everyday use.

Start protecting your wrists from fall injuries today!

Reasons to Wear Wrist Braces

There are many everyday activities that can cause wrist pain. Here are some activities that commonly cause wrist pain, which is often preventable by wearing wrist braces:

Sports – Certain sports may cause wrist pain, such as tennis and golf. In some sports the position an athlete plays may increase the chances for wrist injury, such as a football quarterback or a soccer goalie.

Stocking – Employees that work in stocking or shipping/receiving may be at risk for wrist injuries or wrist pain. The repetitive motion in these job tasks can often strain the wrist.

Working at an Office – Those that work in an office setting may place stress on the wrist while typing or using a computer mouse. The good news is that many workplaces have adapted ergonomic practices by educating employees on proper positioning at the desk and purchasing equipment better suited for joint help. However, long hours at the computer without the proper wrist support may still cause pain.

Video Games – Many individuals relax by playing video games in their spare time. However, they may actually be placing stress on their wrist joint. Video game players are often guilty of spending lengthy hours using a keyboard, mouse or controller, without taking a break.

Prior Injury – If you’ve had a prior injury, such as a wrist sprain, your wrist may suffer from lingering pain due to weakened muscles or ligaments.

Other Activities Involving the Wrist – Activities such as painting, writing or working with tools may all cause wrist pain, especially if performing these activities for long periods of time.

Wearing wrist braces may provide the support you need to help alleviate wrist pain while participating in these activities. A good wrist brace will apply gentle compression, without inhibiting wrist movement. Remember to keep your body and joints healthy. Check out our wrist braces today!