What You Can Do About Youth Football Injuries on the Rise

Many youth are involved in football these days from your local Pop Warner league to middle school and high school leagues. Kids are playing in flag football and tackle football games and injuries are on the rise. These injuries range from concussions to overuse injuries to trauma. The statistics on youth injuries is alarming. In fact, injuries like concussions are causing some high schools to cut programs and players to stop playing.

Despite injuries, there is still going to be high involvement in football. Football is the core of many high school athletics. Young kids are brought up and trained through their local football leagues to play in high school, college and the hopes of playing in the NFL. This makes it increasingly important to educate athletes, coaches and parents about the possible injuries associated with playing football and how injuries can be prevented and what you can do if you are injured.

We’ve put together this handy guide for anyone involved in football – at any level – to be able to learn and take action to protect themselves and prevent injuries.

Continue reading →

The Brief History of Knee Braces

At Better Braces, knee braces are a large part of what we do. While knee braces are a common sight in sports, that hasn’t always been the case. It might be interesting to know that the modern knee brace — used to prevent injury — has only been around since 1967.

The late 60s were important for the evolution of knee braces. In 1967, a professor of physiology, Dr. Robert F. McDavid, invented the first lateral knee brace designed to prevent injury or reinjury. His brace provided lateral protection of the knee. Then during the 1967 season and Super Bowl III, Hall of Fame New York Jets’ Quarterback Joe Namath played with a now-famous knee brace. Jack Castiglia of the Lenox Hill Brace Shop with along with noted sports physician Dr. James Nicholas designed the brace. This allowed Namath to keep playing despite being plagued by knee problems. Namath’s knee brace was so iconic that it is now on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

During the 1970s, more prophylactic knee braces began being tested and tried by more NFL players in an effort to reduce career ending knee injuries. It was an NFL player who gave us our start.

In 1978, Philadelphia Eagles football player Mark Nordquist teamed up with two of his friends to explore the possibilities of neoprene. There in his garage in Carlsbad, CA, DJO Incorporated was formed.

The first DJO products were simple sleeves made of sewn-together neoprene that were pulled over the knee as well as the ankle and elbow joints for support. Fast forward to today where knee braces come in a variety of shapes and sizes, designed for all manner of knee injuries and prevention. Whether you suffer from knee osteoarthritis or you’re looking to keep your ACL protected during a football game, there’s a knee brace that’s right for you.










Only Football Pros Need Knee Braces? Think Again

Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles. These are big names in professional football who have experienced knee injuries in recent years. But they’re at risk only because they play in the big league, right? Think again.

One of the common misconceptions surrounding football knee braces is that only professional players need to wear support gear. That’s simply not true. Whether you play football professionally, recreationally, or just for fun on the random occasion – your chances of injury are the same.

To help minimize your chances of injury during football, many experts recommend wearing football knee braces. Football knee braces provide added support to the joint, minimizing risk of injury when running and making sudden turns during football. Knee braces for football help stabilize the shock that your knee absorbs during impact, lowering your chances of injury.

While football knee braces don’t completely eliminate your chances of injury, they certainly help reduce your risk. And as with anything, safety comes first! Speak with your doctor to see if knee braces for football are an appropriate choice for your situation, then check out BetterBraces.com for football knee braces!

Fantasy Football Injuries

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

This season I started playing Fantasy Football with some of my friends. I’ve never paid so much attention to the individual players before. One week a player nets 18 points, the next he can gain 0. It’s crazy!

What’s surprised me the most about Fantasy Football is how often players get hurt. It’s super important when playing fantasy football to keep an eye on injuries. I don’t see a week go by without a “P” (probable) or a “Q” (questionable) next to one (usually closer to five) of my players’ names. The injuries are as varied as they can get – a hand injury for Julio Jones, rib injury for Antonio Gates, shoulder injury for C.J. Spiller. And they just keep on coming.

I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised considering what the bodies of these pro athletes have to endure. In fact, football players of any level are at risk for injury – I should know… I tore my ACL playing flag football!

If you play football, definitely check out these football braces, especially the football knee braces. Stay healthy on the field… and hopefully my fantasy players do, too!

Why Wearing Knee Braces for Football is Important

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

It wasn’t until I started playing flag football that I realized how much strain the knee undergoes. I grew up playing high school basketball, and I know how risky that sport can be for the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). But when I started football, I figured, “Hey, it’s flag football, at most I’ll just get a couple of bruises or scrapes.”

I had no idea it would result in knee surgery and a one-year recovery.

I’ve witnessed a few injuries during flag football, and surprisingly enough, many of them were non-contact. One of my teammates simply made a sharp turn during a drill at practice, and suddenly went down to the ground in pain. No one was even near her!

My own injury had some contact… but not much. All I did was block a girl to create a lane behind me for our receiver. I didn’t step wrong, or do anything out of the ordinary. The simple impact of her body against mine tore my ACL from my thigh bone, tore my meniscus, and fractured my shin bone. (Sorry if that’s a bit graphic… it’s what happened!)

I can imagine how much more intense it is during regular football instead of flag. That’s why I’ve started encouraging my teammates and other football players to wear football knee braces.

It’s well worth it to make sure you have as much protection as possible when playing a contact sport like football. Check out the football knee braces recommended by the brace coaches at BetterBraces.com!