Featured Product: DonJoy Armor Knee Brace – Ski Version

DonJoy Ski Armor Knee Brace
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!


ACL Reconstruction Surgery: 5 Months Post-Op

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.

It’s been 5 months since my arthroscopic knee surgery in August to repair my torn ACL. I’m doing well considering I’m probably not the most diligent person when it comes to physical therapy (don’t follow my bad example!).

Here are some things I discovered about recovering from ACL surgery:

  • Your quad muscle (the muscle in your thigh) really weakens FAST! Most of the past few months have been trying to re-strengthen this muscle.
  • Going down stairs is harder than going up stairs. I knew I was getting stronger once I could walk down stairs normally instead of 1 step at a time.
  • The muscles around your knee really affect how it moves. The last part of my recovery is to continue to strengthen these muscles so that I don’t have any patella tracking issues.

It’s been a little scary because sometimes I feel like my knee doesn’t move the right way. This is mostly due to the weakened muscles around my left knee. The key is that I need to keep working out, keep visiting my physical therapist, and to stay motivated in the New Year!  If you’ve torn your ACL or are recovering from ACL surgery, check with your doctor for the best treatment options for your situation.

P.S. Cycling on a stationary bike at the gym has been a great addition to my physical therapy as well.  Talk with your therapist to see if it’s something you can add to your routine.

Aircast A60 Sports Ankle Brace Helps Prevent Ankle Rollovers

The Aircast A60 Ankle Brace is specifically designed to help prevent rollover injuries. It has stabilizers that protect your ankle on both sides. Ankle brace experts have determined that placing these stabilizers at a 60 degree angle is ideal in helping reduce the chances of ankle sprains.

Watch this video to learn more about how the Aircast A60 can help reduce your chances of rollover injuries during sports and other activities:

Wrist Braces for Snowboarders

A few weeks ago we wrote about the importance of wrist protection for snowboarding. As that article mentions, it’s been proven that wearing a wrist brace while snowboarding significantly lowers your odds of wrist injuries while snowboarding. Here’s one of the top wrist braces we recommend for snowboarding:

DonJoy Wrist Wraps – This wrist brace allows your hand to freely move around. It won’t get in the way, but still provides ample protection for the wrist during sports and job-related wrist activities. DonJoy Wrist Wraps are also very comfortable to wear and easy on the wallet.

One of the biggest complaints from first-time or beginner snowboarders is how much their wrists hurt from the constant falling whether its getting off the lift or trying to make it down the bunny slopes.  For most people, the first instinct when falling is to brace yourself with your wrists.  Unfortunately, this creates a lot of impact on the wrists and you can end up straining, spraining and even fracturing your wrist.  Wearing a wrist brace can help absorb some of that impact and prevent injury.  Even seasoned snowboarders tend to land on their wrist when they are about to fall.

More important than just protecting your wrists when you snowboard is learning how to fall safely and properly so that you lower the risk of hurting yourself.  Instead of trying to break your fall with your hand or wrist, use your forearms.  Your forearms provide a larger platform to land on and to absorb impact.  This will also protect your wrists which are more prone to injury.  If you must land on your wrist, make your hand into a fist so that your wrist does not get hyperextended.

If you are falling in a direction where are you unable to land on your forearms, try to fall on the side of your body as a whole.  Similar to landing on your forearms, the larger the area you allow to absorb the impact, the better chances you have of not letting a weaker part of your body take the bulk of the impact.  If you find yourself falling backwards, take notice to bring your chin to your chest to avoid hitting your head on the ground.  Concussions, neck, and head injuries are by far one of the most dangerous injuries and can be catastrophic.

If you find yourself with a wrist injury, make sure you R.I.C.E.

Rest:  take a few runs off depending on the severity of your pain and injury or stop all together.

Ice:  Cold therapy will help reduce swelling and inflammation.  There are wrist ice packs that are sized specific for the wrist area.

Compress:  Immobilize the area and compress with a wrist brace to help stabilize and reduce swelling.

Elevate:  Keep your wrist rested above your heart to help reduce swelling.

Take the precaution to protect your wrists and yourself from other common snowboarding injuries this season and enjoy the slopes!

DonJoy Knee Braces Protect You From Ligament Injuries

If you suffer from knee ligament injuries, DonJoy has made several knee braces that protect your knee joint and give you the support you need for sports and daily activities. Check out this video to learn more about DonJoy knee braces:

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Knee injuries can be very debilitating. The simple action of putting on a knee brace before sports can help prevent season-ending injuries and ligament tears.

Don’t forget that BetterBraces.com offers a 90-day money back guarantee on all products so you can try these knee braces risk-free!