Knee injury preventing you enjoy snowboarding? Knee supports may help!

  Posted by sneakerfreaker on Tuesday 10th December, 2013 @ 15:11 GMT News Category: Equipment | Visited 3999 times
A vast number of us are now taking to the slopes to enjoy a skiing or snowboarding season with just 28% classing themselves as beginners. Yet, it’s a scary statistic that around one third of us skiers have had or are still suffering from knee injuries.
As with any injury, you must have it seen by a professional to establish the true extend of the injury and decide on the best course of rehabilitation action. Once you are able to return to your sport, the professionals may also be able to recommend suitable equipment to help you if needed, for example the use of a knee support or knee brace.

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One of the most common injury is are MCL (medial collateral ligament) sprains, often caused by the unnatural twisting of the knee. This is unsurprising as many unconfident skiers spend their time in the snowplough position which imposes strain on the MCL. This large ligament links the thigh bone and the shin bone and sits on the inside of the knee. Wearing a knee support can provide as much as 30% more resistance to stresses placed on knee ligaments and is useful to help prevent injuries occurring in the first place along with helping those knees which have previously been damaged.

As skiers gain knowledge, confidence and experience, parallel skiing becomes key and with this comes speed and heavier loads are thus placed on knees, particularly on corners. This is often where damage to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) becomes more common. Damage to this ligament tends to be quite severe due to its function of preventing excessive forward movement of the shin to the thigh along with preventing excessive rotation at the knee joint. Jumping and landing from a bent knee into a twist can cause damage to the ACL as can landing with too much over extension at the knee. You’ll often hear or feel a snap inside the knee when you injure your ACL and even if you can continue to ski, you risk causing more damage to the knee if it is put under any strain. Here, a more rigid knee brace will help those who are returning to the sport.

You may think that when snowboarding, with both feet being strapped on to the same board that knee injuries would be less common and this is true as it does offer protection for the knee from twisting. With snowboarders, upper body injuries tend to be more common, followed by ankle and head injuries. However, snowboarding does still pose its risks to knees and the best competitive snowboarders enjoying aerial tricks subject themselves to a high risk of ACL ruptures.

Little Niggle provides a great range of sports performance, injury and rehabilitation products, including compression wear, knee supports and kinesiology tape. For more information, see their website here: http://www.littleniggle.com
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