Soccer Headgear Minimizes Concussions

DonJoy Hat Trick Soccer Helmet Side ViewIn a more recent study on concussions, JAMA Pediatrics found that out of the following sports for girls, basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball and for boys, baseball, soccer, football, basketball, and wrestling, the rate of concussions was second highest in girls soccer and fifth highest in boys soccer.  We know that concussions are frequent, yet the alarming thing is that it has been difficult for soccer leagues and organizations to adopt practices and rules to help reduce head injury.  We need to look at options and solutions that can help protect soccer players at all levels of competition.  There are three aspects we can explore:  education, prevention, and reaction which is closely tied to education.

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Dance Injuries Often Overlooked

legs of young dancers ballerinas in class classical dance, balletDance as a youth sport continues to grow year after year with girls and boys beginning to take dance lessons as young as 3 years old and many get serious and start competing from ages 6-14.  While there are many styles of dance lessons, most if not all dances from ballet to hip hop to contemporary to jazz all require a high level of flexibility, balance, strength, endurance and mental capacity to memorize and perform the movements.  With the pure amount of repetitive motions and body-demanding movements required on a young athlete, dancers are just as likely to get injured as youth football players.

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HyperIce Hypersphere, a Vibrating Massage Ball Comes Rolling in as the Latest Innovation in Myofascial Release and Recovery

Female Holding Hypersphere Vibrating Ball

HyperIce, the makers of the Vyper Vibrating Foam Roller takes the charge in innovation again with its latest release of the Hypersphere.  The Hypersphere is a vibrating massage ball, a bit larger than a softball coming in at 5″ in diameter and weighing 2.5 pounds.  This compact ball with its eye-catching neon green and black striped design is taking myofascial release to the next level.

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Where Can I Find Electrodes Compatible for My Empi Device?

On November 10, 2015, DJO Global, Inc., our parent company, announced plans to exit the Empi business. We understand the important need for Empi patients to be able to purchase electrodes for their Empi devices.

At BetterBraces.com we have compatible electrodes available for your EMPI Tens device. Our 2” x 2”, Compex Pin Electrodes are available and compatible for the following Empi devices: Empi Select, Empi Active, Empi Phoenix, Empi Continuum, Empi Axon, Empi IF3 Wave, Empi Primera, Empi Element. Our 2” x 2” Compex Easy Snap Electrodes are available and compatible for the Empi Elite. Use the chart below to help you easily identify which electrodes you need can use with your Empi unit.

Empi Compatible Easy Snap Electrodes Empi Device Compatible Pin ElectrodesWe’re here to help you during this transition. If you have questions, please contact us at 800-553-6019. Our customer care team is available on standby from Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm PST.

More about Empi

Empi devices utilize Neuromuscular Electrotherapy Stimulation also known as NMES to help you manage pain and stimulate the muscle. Empi devices have successfully helped many patients relieve pain and improve function and mobility. It is an innovative and non-invasive way to manage your pain. If you own an Empi device, you can continue to shop for replacement electrodes or stock up on extras for your TENS unit.

Looking for an alternative to Empi devices, try an electric muscle stimulator from Compex.