Hockey Shoulder 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.

Now that I’ve recovered from my own injury, I’m much more aware of the strain we put on our bodies during sports. Last week I went to the Ducks vs. Redwings hockey game in Anaheim. I’ve only been to a handful of hockey games in my life, so it was almost like watching a hockey game for the first time. I embarrassed myself by calling the puck a “ball” several times, but overall I really enjoyed watching the game. What amazed me was how hard the players slammed each other into the walls of the rink!

Checking in ice hockey is typically a defensive maneuver and it’s totally legal to push another player into the side of the ice rink. However, the hockey player’s shoulder takes the brunt of the force between their opponent’s body and the side of the rink. This can lead to hockey shoulder strain and injuries. Some common hockey shoulder injuries include AC joint separation (separated shoulder) and dislocated shoulder. These injuries can also occur from falling on the ice… or during the occasional hockey fight.

Wearing hockey braces can help prevent shoulder injuries. After the game I checked here on and was happy to find that they offer shoulder braces for hockey. Here are some of the shoulder supports recommended by brace coaches:

DonJoy Sully Shoulder Support – ideal for sports to give extra shoulder support from underneath your uniform to help prevent hockey shoulder injuries

DonJoy Shoulder Stabilizer – designed to help you recuperate as quickly as possible after a hockey shoulder injury

Lower Back Pain Advice

We posted many blogs from Dr. Kevin McIntyre of Burlington Sports Therapy. In one of his recent posts, he mentioned how he himself was experiencing back pain and wrote about the steps to take when you have back pain. He talked about speaking with a health professional and what to do before you get a chance to see your doctor in person. Some of his advice included:

  • See your doctor in person, and don’t just rely on Google.
  • Use cold therapy for the back, not heat therapy.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects.
  • Keep moving, don’t stay bed-ridden. In fact, keep moving instead of staying in one position, such as sitting, for long periods of time.
  • Don’t stretch until you see your doctor.

Check out the full article to learn about the recommended steps to take when you’re experiencing lower back pain. As suggested in the article, seeing your doctor is the most important course of action when you have back pain. Feel free to browse our selection of back braces and learn more about back injuries as well!

Featured Product: Aircast Airheel Ankle Brace

Aircast Airheel
Aircast Airheel

The Aircast Airheel Ankle Brace is one of our best-selling ankle supports. It’s for individuals who suffer from plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis and heel pain. Aircast is known for its products that help patients recover from ankle and foot injuries, and the Aircast Airheel’s quality is no different from the other products in the Aircast line.

One of the things that sets the Aircast Airheel apart from other ankle braces is that it has aircells sewn in to the lining of the brace. These aircells inflate and deflate as you walk, which provides pulsating compression on key areas of your foot and ankle.

Not only is the Aircast Airheel functional, but it’s also very comfortable. It’s made from lightweight fabric that doesn’t get in the way as you’re moving around, plus you can wear your regular shoes with it. If you’re looking for a supportive foot and ankle brace, then check out the Aircast Airheel Ankle Brace today!

Protect Your ACL During Sports

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is the most commonly injured knee ligament during sports and other physical activities. It is susceptible to tearing during sharp turns, pivoting or twisting of the leg. ACL tears often occur during activities that involve a lot of running.

Wearing knee braces that offer ACL protection may help prevent ACL tears and other similar injuries. The best ACL knee brace is the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace with FourcePoint Hinge. The unique technology in this hinge makes this knee brace the only one proven to decreases your chances of a non-contact ACL injury by over 50%. It applies pressure on your knee joint in four places, which helps prevent your knee from unnatural movement that causes ligament tears. Plus it’s extremely lightweight and doesn’t get in your way when you’re playing sports.

ACL injuries can take you out of the game for an entire season. Don’t get caught playing sports without knee protection. Check out the DonJoy Armor FourcePoint today!

Knee Braces for Tall People

Did you know that being tall can cause knee problems?

Activities such as walking down hills and stairs, running, and sports can cause additional stress on the knees of tall people. People with longer legs tend to apply more torque on their knees when they are bent at an angle, and the added pressure may cause the ligaments and joints in the knee to wear away faster than the average individual. Taller people also tend to carry more weight, which also adds stress to the knees.

It is very common for tall people to have general knee pain and pain behind the knee cap. Wearing knee braces for tall people can help alleviate this pain and may even reduce stress on the knees. Here are some braces and supports for tall people:

DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace – designed to help with knee alignment issues and comes in a wide variety of sizes

DonJoy Cross Strap – great for daily wear for patellar tendonitis caused by the added pressure on the knee

DonJoy Armor FourcePoint Knee Brace – ideal for maximum support for tall athletes who participate in sports, and also comes in many sizes so you can find the perfect fit