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  • The New Breg FreeRunner Knee Brace

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    The New Breg FreeRunner Knee Brace

    Once and a while, a manufacturer develops a knee brace that far exceeds most people’s expectations in terms of comfort, function and support.  Many knee braces usually can satisfy one or even two of these requirements, but when all three features are met, we have a home run.

    The R&D department at Breg has come up with a revolutionary knee brace that addresses many of the problems and complaints that athletes have when wearing a knee brace, and in particular a patellofemoral support.

    The New Breg FreeRunner Knee Brace is a fabric style brace designed for athletes suffering from patellofemoral disorders such as patella tracking, subluxation and other patella related overuse conditions. The unique design of this brace provides dynamic patella stabilization of the knee when the knee is fully extended, but relaxes during flexion of the knee. 

    One of the most common complaints with these types of braces is slippage.  Breg has addressed this problem by providing elastic banding around the ends of the brace and silicone strips for better skin traction.  The brace is extremely lightweight at only 7 oz. and is very low profile, so it can be worn under clothing.

    The Breg FreeRunner also has medial and lateral hinges on either side for additional knee stability and support.  Its front closure design allows for customized fit and easy application. Cleaning the brace is easy as hand washing in a sink with cold water with mild soap.

    The new Smart-Zone Compression fabric provides a combination of moderate compression for anatomic support and light compression for a non-binding fit.  This is by far one of the most comfortable patellofemoral braces on the market.

    Application of the brace is easy.  If you forget how to put it on, Breg has a QR code on the brace that you can scan with your phone or tablet for a quick and easy reminder.

    The brace is ideal for a wide range of patella conditions such as patellar tendonitis or “Jumper’s Knee”, patellar tracking disorder and patellar pain syndrome or “Runner’s Knee”.  Check with your doctor or sports medicine specialist to determine your condition and if the Breg FreeRunner is the brace for your condition.

    The Brace Shop is your sports authority on patella conditions and the Breg FreeRunner Knee Brace.

  • Why a Thigh Brace Should be Used During Soccer

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    Soccer is the most widely played sport in the USA behind basketball and baseball.  With all the attention drawn to the 2014 FIF World Cup, it is important for younger players to understand that the soccer players they see on TV are the best in the world.  Judging by the many women who seem to be attracted to these shirtless athletes with well defined abs, it demonstrates that strength and flexibility are a necessary combination to compete at this level.

     

    Younger athletes do not have the skills or conditioning to participate at this level of play, and injuries are very common. Many of the injuries that occur are due to the repetitive kicking movements when playing soccer.  These injuries involve the upper thigh and groin area and occur primarily due to lack of stretching or hyperextension of the groin and thigh muscles.  If you analyze a soccer player kicking, you will see various hip, knee and ankle movements all working together to kick the soccer ball in a certain direction with a certain velocity.

     

    Muscle strains and sprains are common injuries in the thigh and groin area due to repetitive start/stop motions and rotation movements. The adductor muscle group, which is made up of 5 muscles stabilize movement of the leg when running in a sport that changes direction a lot. The quadriceps, which are made up of 4 muscles in front of the thigh are susceptible to injury due to overuse and improper conditioning.  The hamstrings, which are a group of three muscles in the back of the thigh are designed to counteract the forces of the quadriceps.

     

    All of these muscles make up the majority of the thigh musculature.  In order to reduce the stress and strains of playing soccer and reduce the chance of injury, a thigh brace is utilized to protect these muscles. Most of these thigh braces are compression braces, which reduce vibration and overstretching of the muscles and tendons. Some braces also help retain heat to the skin, to keep the musculature warm to prevent contractures.  Compression shorts are also popular choices as they provide more complete coverage of the groin and thigh areas.  Thigh braces are inexpensive and easy to wear.  They are unobtrusive and do not restrict movement.

     

    There is no substitute to good warm ups and stretching exercises before playing soccer.  Braces like thigh supports add an additional element of protection for the young athlete to reduce the change of injury.

     

    The Brace Shop has a wide range of thigh supports and compression shorts to fit all ages and sizes.

     

    Check out the Bio Skin Thigh Skin with Cinch Strap for maximum thigh protection, or the new Bauerfeind MyoTrain Elastic Thigh Brace for maximum support and comfort.

  • Common Soccer Injuries

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    With all the media attention drawn to the World Cup, Soccer is gaining more public interest in the USA.  Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and is one of the fasting growing sports in the USA.

     

    If you are watching some of the matches on TV, you will notice many injuries among the athletes, primarily lower extremity injuries.  Besides the biting and dramatic questionable falls, Soccer does pose certain risks not only to the professional athlete, but to the young and up and coming soccer player.

     

    So what are the most common Soccer injuries?

     

    Sprains and strains are the most common type of soccer injury. Ankle sprains and contusions from player contact in the foot/ankle and lower leg are very frequent injuries. Ankle sprains can range from mild stretching of the ankle ligaments, to interosseous tears in the lower leg.  Fractures of the foot and ankle are also prevalent in Soccer, and require immediate diagnosis and treatment.

     

    Injuries to the knee include A

    CL and meniscus tears occur when the athlete’s cleat gets stuck in the grass, and the torso and leg turn in an abnormal direction.  ACL tears of the knee are due to hyperextension of the knee and may require surgery in order to re-attach the ligament.

     

    The most severe typ

    es of injuries are concussions, due to direct head to head contact or head to body contact.  Concussions and the treatment of these head injuries have received more focus over the past several years, especially in football. They require immediate attention and evaluation before the pl

    ayer returns to the field.

     

    Whatever the injury, if there is pain, then there is something wrong.  The worse thing an athlete can do is “work out the pain”.  Until a diagnosis is made of the injury, you may be risking more damage and a longer healing time.  Check with your doctor, coach or trainer.

     

    The Brace Shop has a wide range of braces and supports for soccer players and team discounts for preventative bracing.  Shop where the Pro’s go!

  • How Cristiano Ronaldo's knee brace improved his World Cup Appearance

    worldcupphoto A lot has been circulated over the last several weeks regarding a chronic knee injury suffered by Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, and his ability to play soccer during the World Cup.

    It has been mentioned that he has been wearing a knee brace when playing, but it appears that there only has been taping of the knee, and not a knee support.

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been called one of the best soccer players in the world, due to his speed and agility. This type of injury can have a severe impact on his mobility and kicking.

    According to Reuters, Cristiano is suffering from a tendonitis around his left kneecap. Judging by the taping method seen on video’s and images, the condition appears to be a patella tendonitis. The condition is also referred to as “jumper’s knee.

    This very common athletic injury is actually seen primarily in basketball, volleyball and other sports that involve repetitive jumping movements. There may be associated pain above the kneecap in the region of the quadriceps tendon.

    Treatment for this condition involves icing of the affected area to reduce pain and inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medical is also used to reduce pain and swelling. Stretching exercises are also used to reduce muscle contractures. Taping, strapping and bracing of the knee are used in many cases to reduce the stress that is placed on the tendon during activity.

    It is recommended that you consult with your treating physician or therapist to diagnose and treat this knee condition and allow you to continue to play at your highest level.

    The Brace Shop has a wide range of sports tape, knee bands and straps for patella tendonitis and other knee conditions that affect the knee cap and surrounding tissue.

  • The Proper Usage of Lower Back Braces

    lower back pain and using bracesLower back braces can be helpful in reducing pain and inflammation caused by the everyday strain such as daily use at work, extreme workout or in any other activities. A back brace is used to assist the spines muscle and bone structures and provide extra added support. However, before beginning to use a lower back brace you must first ask yourself if you should be wearing a brace.

    Lower back braces are used mainly for those diagnosed with a disk injury or degenerative disc disease to assist in reducing pain, discomfort and provided extra support. A good lower back brace will keep the spine in a proper posture which will in turn keep pressure off your spinal nerves. Since this pressure is the number one reason your experiencing pain, it will assist in pain reduction as well.

    How often a back brace should be worn

     Proper use of a lower back brace includes using it only the allotted time necessary. Generally a back brace should be used only while the user is experiencing pain and discomfort in the area. Back pain sufferers have either acute or chronic back pain. Acute pain is short and comes in sudden bursts while chronic is ongoing. Users should wear the brace throughout the day, even if they are not doing any heavy lifting.

    In any case, a back brace should be worn whenever doing heavy or repetitive lifting such as moving objections or loading trucks for a living. Acute back pain sufferers should use their brace only on an as needed basis. When the pain starts, apply the brace and leave it on until the pain has stopped.

    Use your Back Brace as the instructions intended

    Several types of braces exist and it is essential that the brace be worn properly to avoid causing more damage to the spine. The user should understand how each of the brace straps should apply and use them in the correct positions. In addition if the brace has shoulder straps these are created intentionally as a part of the brace’s support design and should be worn properly.

    There are disadvantages to not using a lower back brace properly that should be considered before purchasing one. This includes a weakening of the spine from overuse of the brace creating a dependency on the support for the wearer. If the brace is not positioned or secured properly it may not supply all of the support intended or created added pressure in unwanted areas causing more damage than good. It is important to follow all of the directions carefully and use a brace under doctor's supervision.

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  • How To Get The Most out of Knee Braces

    knee braces prevent injuriesThere are all sorts of knee braces made for all injuries and knee conditions. For example, athletes that suffer from mild knee pain in their joints or people who have weak knees are recommended to wear hinged knee braces, as they are designed to alleviate the joint pain and also correct the instability. Other knee braces however are designed mainly for skiers that have ski deflectors in their hinge to prevent any ski or clothes from tugging the hinge.

    Other knee braces are even made to prevent the leg from any re-injuries in the ligament. This enables the athlete to enjoy practicing any high activitt sports without accidentally twisting the joints in your knees. Someone who has recovered from an surgery from a torn ACL are most likely recommended to wear knee braces to prevent any further damage.

    How Do Knee Braces Aid Injured Knees?

    Ligament knee braces are designed to be lightweight so that the user won't be bothered or disturbed by it when it is on. They are usually made to be sturdy molded braces enabling them to last for as long as you may need it on. Ligament injuries are the most common types of injuries in athletes and these include knee sprains and torn knee ligaments. Since the knees need to support your weight on impact, the brace will help promote that support through the ankles. By flexing regularly, the knees are constantly using its ACL and the more it is used, the harder it will be for the knees to maintain its normal function. A twisted or damaged alignment of a knee to ankle could then cause very common knee ligament injuries. It does not take much to slowly sprain your knee during sports, so protection is crucial.

    For people that are suffering from arthritis, there are certain knee braces specifically designed just for them. Arthritis is basically a chronic pain that can last quite a long time because it has been inflamed. Although arthritis sufferers can do normal things, other activities, can slowly damage the joints so protection is from a knee brace is needed. The arthritis pain can be alleviated from a knee brace redistributing the body weight-bearing load back to normal. Wearing a knee brace specifically made for arthritis will often increase your ability to perform regular activities to decrease pain from in your legs.

    Wearing knee braces for people that are beginning new sports activities are also advised to use knee braces, as it will prevent sprains and other injuries from severe damage of the soft tissues. When getting a knee brace, the doctor or physician that you're working with will determine what type of issue your knee is facing to prescribe you with the best knee brace.

    Make sure to consult your healthcare professional before buying any brace so that you don't windup buying the wrong brace. The right knee can greatly alleviate any pain you're experiencing. The most important thing is to get a knee brace that provides extra support to your knee to prevent any further damage. Here at the Brace Shop we are available to answer any questions you may have.

  • The 5 Best Knee Braces For Runners

     

    The Best Knee Braces At some point in their running career, most runners are likely to experience some form of knee injury or pain. Knee braces help in alleviating such pain in addition to providing the necessary structural support following an injury. Its' essential to choose an appropriate brace based on the injury suffered. Below, we take a look at the best knee braces for runners as follows:

    Neoprene braces

    Neoprene is a stretchy material that is renowned for its ability to insulate joints. Neoprene braces come in various sizes and servse multiple purposes. For instance, there are those that are simply sleeves that retain heat and provide compression, while others incorporate patellar stabilizers or hinges. Determining which neoprene brace is best for you is dictated by the specific injury that you are treating.

    Patellar stabilizing braces

    Patellar tracking pain or injuries arise when the patella (commonly referred to as the kneecap) does not track properly in the femur's groove, or thigh bone, resulting in friction and pain. A patellar stabilizing device is, therefore, vital in providing optimal patellar tracking. Typically, patellar stabilizing braces comprise a block, or strap that holds the patella in place while the knee moves through its range of motion.

    Knee bands

    When a runner begins to develop pain in the region immediately below the kneecap -also known as the patellar tendon-, sometimes a simple knee band will suffice to relieve the pain. Knee bands are simple straps that go around the knee's circumference and help in relieving stress and strain on tendons thereby potentially decreasing the pain. They are commonly used in the management and treatment of Osgood Schlatter's disease, runner's knee, and tendonitis.

    Arthritic knee braces/ Unloaders

    When runners' joints are afflicted by arthritis, the joint space becomes compromised or diminishes due to degeneration. This diminished space is what subsequently leads to bone-on-bone contact that can be extremely painful. Unloader knee braces are specially designed with hinges to curb this bone friction and ultimately reduce pain.

    Hinged knee braces

    Hinged knee braces are typically bigger and provide greater support than neoprene braces. Additionally, they are more rigid and stable and may be customized to fit an individual. You are most likely to wear such braces following knee surgery. While some hinged braces are standard and adjustable, others are designed to limit the range of motion at different degrees depending on the movements made.

    While knee braces may help in decreasing pain and providing support, they cannot be a substitute for rehabilitation of injuries and proper strengthening. Rather, they should be viewed as an aid and not the only solution to knee injuries. A qualified professional should potentially prescribe or recommend appropriate knee braces based on the type of injury suffered.

    Regardless of the type of knee brace you need, The Brace Shop can help.In ordering your brace the size will depend on the brace chosen. Each should tell you what measurements are necessary for a proper fit as some may require measurement around the knee, others a thigh and calf measurement, and still others three inches below/above the knee. Regardless, these measurements can be compared to a knee brace sizing chart in order to establish the proper size. If you find yourself between sizes, it is always advisable to choose the larger of the two.

  • Are Back Braces Effective in Preventing Injury?

    Braces for Back PainThere is considerable debate amongst the medical profession over "Are back braces effective in preventing injury?" Below you will see evidence which support the claim that back braces are in fact effective at treating back pain. Also explained is how back braces provide support and the different options available. You will also find out some of the problems with using a back brace and how these can be avoided.

     How back braces reduce back pain and increase functionality

    The reason that people have back pain is because of pressure on the spinal nerves. A back brace helps you to maintain proper posture and consequently avoid this pressure from occurring. There are many different types of back braces including narrow braces which are suitable for people who need to bend or twist frequently and braces which are taller in the back and provide greater support but more limited movement.

    Studies support the use of back braces

    One of the biggest studies conducted into the use of back braces supports the conclusion that they are in fact effective in relieving back pain. A 2009 study looked at the effectiveness of an elastic lumbar belt to help treat and assist patients with acute lower back pain. The study which involved 197 participants looked at the effects on lifting capacity, back pain experienced and medical treatment costs.

    The study split the participants into two groups, one with back support and the other without. The study lasted 90 days and produced some very interesting findings for back pain sufferers. In the group which used the lumbar belt patients improved 42 points on the pain scale. In addition 61% of belt patients used no additional form of medication compared to 40% of those with no back support.

    Common problems encountered when wearing a back brace

    While back braces can be an excellent way on minimizing back pain they do have their disadvantages. The most common of these is the over use by the back brace can lead to the muscles in the back weakening. A back brace should be a supplement to receiving proper back care and not a replacement for it. It is also important not to use your back brace as a means of lifting items that you otherwise wouldn't normally lift.

    Another complaint that some users of back braces have is that the back brace actually increases the pain that they experience. If this occurs for you then a back brace is not a suitable solution and your back pain will need to be addressed through other methods.

    The long term effects of using back braces

    In a perfect world patients would be able to avoid the type of heavy lifting that may be contributing to their back pain but in reality this is often not possible. For people such as farmers or warehouse workers, being able to lift objects comfortably is essential for them to earn a living. While there are some concerns about long term use and over reliance on back braces, most patients do not enjoy wearing a back brace and will discontinue its use once it is no longer necessary. If you are looking for the largest selection of quality back braces online, visit us as Brace Shop.

  • Information on Choosing an Ankle Brace

    Ankle braces are designed to help in restoring mobility and giving post injury support in the ankle area while maintaining a full range of physical activity. It is used for either medical or athletic needs. The products that are geared toward medical markets seek to prevent pain, further injury as well as help patients heals quickly and comfortably while recuperating.

    On the other hand, athletic ankle braces can be of two choices - lace up or rigid brace supports. The former stabilizes the ankle area and helps prevent injury while at play. These types of braces have inside parts that laced up like a shoelace. On the outer portion, a stirrup strap that is wrapped around like a figure of six can be found for added support. They cost from $30 to $40 and are available in most sporting goods stores. The rigid brace gives the highest level of preventive support, and assist in the faster rehabilitation of injury. The prices range from $40 to $50 depending on choice and support needs.

    Ankle Sprain and Medical Intervention

    An ankle sprain is encountered when there is injury to the ligaments. When injury of this nature occurs, there would visibly be injuries to the muscle and tendon area too or otherwise known as muscle strain. . There are three types of muscle sprain:

    1. First Degree Sprain - happens when the ligaments are overstretched past its limits but is not torn. Symptoms include: mild pain, some swelling, joint stiffness or difficulty in walking and stretching. Normal activities can be engaged in one or two weeks.

    2. Second Degree Sprain - most common type of ankle pains that include partial tearing of the ligament with mild to moderate swelling and stiffness in the ankle area. Symptoms are: instability of the joints, swelling and stiffness in the affected area, difficulty in mobility, and moderate to severe pain. Normal activity can return after two weeks or a month after the injury.

    3. Third Degree Sprain - this type of injury requires immediate medical attention where there is a total rupture of the ligaments. This situation can result in a chronic situation if not repaired or healed properly. The symptoms are: severe pain then followed by no pain, instability in the joint area, and severe swelling. Healing can last from three (3) months to one (1) year depending on the severity of the injury.

    What Type of Ankle Brace Is Required

    1. For First Degree Sprain - it would be well advised to use lightweight support braces. These types of braces give support and warmth to the affected area. They are made of elastic materials that can be stretched to provide ample support to the ankle joint. Many mild support ankle joints have metals that are sewn into the fabric to stabilize both sides of the ankle. These are mostly used for non contact sports, cheer and dance activities, and for daily walking.

    2. For Second Degree Sprain - moderate ankle support braces are designed to help overused ankle injuries or ankle rollovers. For those playing high contact sports, it is well advised that this type of support be used, especially those who may have suffered ankle injuries in the past. This type of support also helps stabilize the injured ankle to enable the patient to walk.

    3. For Third Degree Sprain - for those who experienced a severe ankle sprain, maximum braces will have to be used to help in the healing process. These types of braces are also used by athletes - example, ankle braces for soccer, who are into high contact sports to prevent first time injury or the re-occurrence of injury. These braces provide more protection than regular ankle braces and are ideal for healing injured ligaments and tendons. The used of these supports also help enable the patient to walk and move around while being healed.You can find a wide array of braces to meet all of your needs at BraceShop.com

  • How to choose the right back brace

    Tips on Finding The Right Back Brace

    Poor posture can lead to various problems including neck pain, leg pain and chronic backache. Generally, posture correction is considered to be the best method to get rid of body ache problems. If you want to correct your posture one of the best ways to do so is by using posture brace. Back braces are most commonly used by people to help correct their posture. Together with improving posture, these braces also prevent one from walking or sitting with forward rounded shoulders, and thus preventing backache. Braces for back generally have belts that you need to wrap around your shoulder and then tighten them at the backside so that your shoulders are pulled back. The belts need to be adjusted till your shoulders are in the right position, in line with your back and ear.

    How to choose the right braces

    Using a back posture brace applies pressure on your middle back and your midsection is forced to move forward and outwards, thus giving you the right posture. Though there are various kinds of support braces for the back that helps improve posture, it is important that you get yourself the right one. While shopping for a back brace you need to consider your back issues. This will helps you decide if you need an upper brace or a lower brace. Different braces are available that target different parts of your back. If you suffer from pain in your shoulders and upper back, you perhaps will need shoulder braces. Braces for the lower back and mid-section are also available. If you are suffering from pain in your spine, then you need to get a brace that gives stiffer support along your spinal cord.

    Comfort and support features

    You need to look for back support braces that give stiff support and are firm. Though, during the first few days you might find them very uncomfortable, but they definitely are better than the softer ones that might not be firm enough, and will thus not prove much helpful in attaining the right posture. Make sure that the straps of the braces are made of high quality material, and are soft enough so that they do not result in marks and rashes when you try to adjust them to ensure a proper fit. It is immensely important that your back posture braces have adjustable straps so that it fits properly on the problem area. Most braces have foam padding that makes sure you stay comfortable even if you use it for long hours.

    Good quality is very important

    Make sure you go through a number of options before deciding on one. You just cannot compromise on quality while getting yourself back braces, as these will serve as aids supporting your back to give you the right posture and thus get rid of many body ailments. Just because a good brand brace for your back might cost you a little more, do not sacrifice it for the cheaper ones that will possibly lose its firmness just after few days

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