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.

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How Common is Knee Pain?

Knee pain is one of the most common ailments amongst athletes and non-athletes alike.  People of all ages are also affected by knee pain.  The reason for the prevalence of knee pain is because the knee supports most of the body’s weight and is involved with both daily activities and movement during sports.

Knee pain is typically caused by:

  • knee injuries
  • overuse
  • age
  • natural wear and tear

 

It’s understandable that activities and sports that involve sharp turns, lifting weights and the like would cause strain on the knee. However, many athletes do not know that running is a very stressful activity on the knee, which is why sports that involve running also tend to have higher risk of knee pain and knee injuries.  This can be during both contact (such as football) and non-contact (such as jogging) sports.

People in professions that involve a lot of lifting, walking or kneeling may also feel the effects of knee pain.  A great example of this is in mail carriers, a profession widely known to be hard on the knees.  Other types of overuse activities such as gardening and recreational activities like hiking can also stress the knee.

As mentioned above, the natural wear and tear of the knee from age and use can also lead to knee pain, which contributes to the widespread presence of knee pain.  Other physical factors, such as very tall individuals, may also be a cause of knee pain.

As you can see, there are many ways that all types of people may experience knee pain.  To minimize your risk of knee pain (or to reduce knee pain you’re already feeling), check out our knee braces and supports.  You can also read our Knee Pain and Injury Guide for more information on knee injuries and knee pain.

Have You Seen These DonJoy Knee Brace Accessories?

Did you know that many of our DonJoy knee braces can be used with accessories to improve comfort and use? You can get items such as knee brace undersleeves and knee brace covers.

Our most popular knee brace accessory is the DonJoy Cotton/Lycra Knee Brace Undersleeve. It helps cushion your knee brace against your skin to prevent chaffing. A knee brace undersleeve also absorbs moisture from sweat during warmer months and keeps your knee warmed up during cooler months.  Another great option is the DonJoy Neoprene Knee Brace Undersleeve, which is made of a more premium, breathable material. Both options are washable!

For knee braces that are at risk of getting dirt in the hinges, we highly recommend the DonJoy Sports Knee Brace Cover.  This helps lengthen the life of your knee brace from debris and pads the frame and hinge of the brace – which is great for the brace and during contact sports where your knee brace may impact other athletes.

For more knee brace accessories that will help enhance the comfort and fit of your DonJoy knee brace, check out our official DonJoy accessories page.

Why Knee Brace Size is Important

People buy knee braces to help reduce knee pain, prevent injury and to protect their knees.  However, what people often underestimate is the importance of finding the right knee brace size.  Wearing the incorrect size of knee brace can prevent the support from being effective, or may even add to your risk of injury.  This is true for knee brace sizing that is too tight or too loose on your leg.

Here are some ways we have made it easy to find the knee brace size for you on BetterBraces.com:

  • Most of our knee braces are available in XS to XXL.  Some braces are even available in XXS or XXXL.
  • Find your knee brace size with the help of one of our brace experts at (800) 553-6019 or email service@betterbraces.com.
  • Use the size chart tab available on each page (under the images and to the right of the Product Description).

knee size example Why Knee Brace Size is Important

  • If you receive your knee brace, and it doesn’t feel right, take advantage of our generous 90-day return policy.

We hope these ways help you to find the knee brace size for you and give you peace of mind when shopping for the right knee brace size on BetterBraces.com!

2013 Best Selling Custom Knee Brace

donjoy defiance iii custom knee brace 5 2013 Best Selling Custom Knee BraceWhere do the pros turn when they’re looking for the ultimate support for their knees?

The DonJoy Defiance III Custom Knee Brace.

There’s a reason why the DonJoy Defiance line of custom knee braces has been a top runner amongst other custom knee bracing solutions. It’s designed with your protection and comfort in mind, with the latest in knee brace technology.

When you purchase a Defiance III custom knee brace, a DonJoy knee brace expert will take your measurements to ensure a perfect fit and maximum protection. This makes certain that all the components of the brace align seamlessly with your body and for the sport or activity that you are using the knee brace for. The DonJoy Defiance III provides superior support for your ligaments to help treat or prevent ACL, PCL, MCL or LCL instabilities. Plus, it comes with the DonJoy Knee Brace Guarantee… that’s how confident DonJoy is about the quality of this knee brace.

It’s plain to see why the DonJoy Defiance III remains the leading custom knee brace for professional and recreational athletes alike. If you’re searching for a custom knee brace, then consult your doctor to see if the DonJoy Defiance III is a good fit for your situation.