Featured Product: DonJoy Sully Shoulder Support

DonJoy Sully Shoulder Support

The shoulder has the widest range of motion of all the joints in the body. As such, it’s also one of the joints that is most susceptible to injury. The next time you watch a football game, pay attention to the amount of strain the players puts on their shoulder. It’s amazing more athletes don’t get hurt!

Wearing a shoulder brace can help keep your shoulder safe when playing sports. They help support the shoulder and provide stabilization during impact. That’s why we recommend the DonJoy Sully Shoulder Support.

The DonJoy Sully Shoulder Support is built especially for athletes. It provides compression on your shoulder to help prevent injury and offers support if you’re recovering from an injury. Unlike many other sports shoulder braces, there are no restrictive or uncomfortable straps and it can be worn easily under your uniform.

If you’re looking for a great sports shoulder brace, check out the DonJoy Sully Shoulder Support today!

How to Prevent Shoulder Injuries From Swimming

Swimming is considered one of the best types of exercises for individuals who need an activity that is easy on the joints. However, most people are not aware of the shoulder injuries that can occur from swimming. The most common is known as swimmer’s shoulder, usually caused by repetitive use of the shoulder joint from swim strokes. In fact, up to 70% of competitive swimmers are affected by swimmer’s shoulder.

Here are some tips you can follow to decrease the chances of shoulder pain and injury from swimming:

  • Minimize injury by dealing with shoulder pain immediately. Take a break from swimming and ice the area to minimize inflammation. (Recommended: DonJoy Dura*Soft Shoulder Wrap)
  • Don’t swim if you’re sick, tired or cold. These symptoms are your body telling you that you may not be fully ready to swim, which could lead to injury.
  • Warm up before getting in the water. You can do some light jogging, walking or even jumping jacks. Anything that gets your blood pumping.
  • Stretch after warming up. Focus on your shoulders, but don’t forget to stretch your back, legs, and arms as well.
  • Perform exercises that strengthen the muscles, such as weightlifting. Build up the muscles in your shoulders and upper back.
  • Make sure you are using the proper swimming techniques. If necessary, take a class with a certified swim instructor.

As with any activity, health comes first. If you do find that you have persistent shoulder pain, make sure to consult your doctor.

How to Prevent Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff has the greatest range of motion of any joint in your body. It’s made up of muscles and tendons that help keep the ball of your upper arm bone securely in your shoulder socket. Rotator cuff injuries can occur from age, poor posture, falling, lifting or repetitive motion. Athletes such as football quarterbacks, baseball pitchers, swimmers and tennis players are especially at risk for rotator cuff injuries because of the use of shoulder muscles during those sports.

Rotator cuff injuries can be very painful. In addition, injuring your rotator cuff can also cause shoulder weakness… preventing full range of motion in the shoulder and making it difficult to lift objects or raise your arms. This can be very debilitating because patients can have trouble brushing hair, sleeping, or performing other daily activities.

Here are some ways to help prevent rotator cuff injuries:

  • Exercise your shoulder regularly to strengthen the muscles and tendons. Consult your physician to see which exercises are appropriate for your age and lifestyle.
  • Stretch your shoulder to increase range of motion. This helps keep your muscles limber and active.
  • Wear shoulder braces for rotator cuff injuries to give your shoulder added support. Rotator cuff braces help stabilize the muscles and tendons and can alleviate pain for existing shoulder injuries.
  • Take frequent breaks if you perform activities that require repetitive shoulder movement. Ask your employer if you can rotate tasks with other workers. Make sure you rest your shoulder during sports and other athletic activities.
  • Use shoulder cold therapy products immediately if you feel pain or inflammation. This can help prevent further injury that could harm your rotator cuff.