Common Snowboarding Knee Injuries and What to Do About Them
By: Fara Rosenzweig
Common snowboarding knee injuries occur when the ligaments around the knee joint are torn. There are ways, however, to help prevent those injuries and continue enjoying the sport while recuperating.
Tearing of the ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is a typical snowboarding knee injury. The ACL forms part of four major knee ligaments. The ACL can tear when a snowboarder lands on a bent knee then twisting it or landing on an overextended knee. A popping sound can be heard and the knee will give out.
The PCL or posterior cruciate ligament crosses the ACL and together are responsible for the stability in the knee. Spraining the PCL happens when the front of the knee suffers an important impact.
Another snowboarding knee injury is a sprain of the MCL or medial collateral ligament, another of the four important knee ligaments. The MCL is on the inside of the knee and when twisted during a bad fall from a jump, can be overstretched and result in a sprain.
All injuries stated above can cause instability in the knee joint and, depending on the severity of the injury, the duration of which is determined by the severity of the injury.
How to Avoid Snowboarding Knee Injuries
To avoid snowboarding knee pain or to recover from an ACL rupture or a MCL or PCL sprain, wearing a knee brace can be efficient in both protecting the knees while snowboarding and stabilizing them once injured.
The DonJoy FullForce ligament knee brace can help prevent ligament injuries by stabilizing the knee and significantly reduce the strain on the ACL. DonJoy’s Fource-Point hinge dampens knee joint extensions to increase bending angles.
The DonJoy FullForce is designed for snowboarders suffering from hyperextension of the ligaments around the knee, to help ease snowboarding knee pain and cushion the strain on the ligaments. The FullForce knee brace eases moderate and/or severe PCL or ACL instabilities caused by sprains or ruptures, to let the snowboarder heal to continue enjoying the sport without further injuring the knee.
It can happen that CI or combined instabilities ACL/PCL may prevent the snowboarder from regular activities for a while after injury or during rehabilitation. Wearing a DonJoy FullForce ligament knee brace will help the rehabilitation evolve more quickly by supporting the knee joint and spreading the amount of pressure from the knee joint to other leg muscles for quicker healing. The DonJoy FullForce ligament knee brace will also help instabilities derived from MCL sprains or ACL or PCL reconstructions.