Skiing & Snowboarding

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Skiing is an extreme sport growing every year. From shredding fresh powder to doing a helicopter off a jump to cruising down a groomed run - skiing is a workout. Injuries are bound to occur with such a sport, especially in the knees due to swift cuts gone wrong and from bad falls. The right braces and splints can help heal injuries sustained while skiing and to get the skier back out in the snow. Braceability also offers braces and supports for other extreme sports such as snowboarding and wakeboarding.

 Skiing Braces and Supports

 Injuries located at the knee, thumb, shoulder, back, head, and neck can all occur in skiing. It just takes one unfortunate bad fall. Braces and supports are excellent to help heal and stabilize these injuries to get one back on the slopes. The most common ski injuries are as follows:

  • Skier’s Thumb- An acute injury to the UCL ligament
  • Knee Injuries- Both ACL and MCL are common
  • Head Injuries- a helmet can help reduce head injuries or at least make them more minor of injuries.

 Braceability also carries braces and supports for other injuries that can be sustained skiing. Such items include skiing back braces and back supports for skiing, skiing neck braces, and ankle supports for skiing.

 Knee Braces for Skiing Injuries and Healing

 Knee injuries are a high risk for skiers and are the most common injury sustained while skiing. In the case of a knee injury a good skiing knee brace can help to protect and heal the injury. The two major knee injuries associated with skiing they are injuries to the MCL and the ACL.

 Injuries to the MCL, Medial Collateral Ligament, are the knee injuries most likely to occur to skiers.  A twisting of the knee, normally for skiers when the lower leg pushes out from the upper leg usually due to the snowplow method of skiing, causes sprains to the MCL. Therefore beginner and early intermediate skiers are at a high risk for this injury.  The further apart the skis become in a snowplow the MCL is made further unstable and susceptible to injury.

 Injuries to the ACL, Anterior Collateral Ligament, have become more prominent in skiing. Injuries occur to the ACL when the knee gets twisted or, hyperextends. Normally a pop is heard when the ACL becomes hurt. The ACL is injured or torn more often when a ski catches an edge. Both the MCL and the ACL have grades of injury to the ligament, which determine the seriousness of the injury. The grades are as follow:

1.)   Tiny little tears caused by a stretching of the ligament in the MCL or ACL that insignificantly affect stability

2.)   Partial tears in the MCL or ACL that cause some mild instability of the knee.

3.)   Total tear of the ligament from the bone causing major instability of the knee. 

A knee brace for skiing can help the knee heal after an injury or surgery. Some of the best knee braces for skiing include the Incredibrace Knee Support Brace and the Corflex CoolTex Contender Knee Brace. The Incredibrace is a charcoal, bamboo, and germanium blend that allows for good blood circulation and temperature control while giving the needed support for a healing knee. This brace is a great knee support for skiing before and after an injury and is light so it won’t slow one down. The Contender knee brace is good for healing during the recovery from an ACL tear or other knee injury. It keeps the knee stable and comfortable while at an affordable cost.

Gamekeeper’s Thumb/Skier’s Thumb Braces

Gamekeeper’s thumb, also known as skiers thumb, is the most common upper body injury to a skier. Gamekeeper’s thumb occurs when the thumb is pushed out from the hand and the UCL, or ulnar collateral ligament, is damaged. The UCL is the ligament, which gives the thumb its pinching power. For a skier this happens to when he/she falls and puts his/her hands out to catch oneself while still holding ski poles. The thumb gets pushed away from the person’s hand when it hits the ground. 

Fortunately there are skier’s thumb braces that can help in the healing process and help protect the thumb. The Bort SellaFix K Skier’s Thumb Brace is a great skier’s thumb brace. The brace offers wrist mobility while giving stability and support to the thumb and thumb base. The brace can be fitted to the thumb and has ventilation to keep the thumb breathing.

The Bort Sella Tex Thumb Fracture Splint is another good option for gamekeeper’s thumb and is also ideal as a broken thumb splint. This splint keeps the thumb and wrist stabilized and immobilized. Yet it is breathable and a comfortable brace. This brace is good for post surgery as well as for minor injuries to the thumb.

Skiing Socks for Warmth and Blood Flow

No one wants to be hitting the trails hard and then have to call it early because his/her feet are cold or have a tingling in one’s toes. To prevent these from happening many times it’s all about having the right socks for skiing.

A good sock should provide a skier with warmth and blood flow, not just one or the other. That’s where the Incredisocks Avalanche Warm Compression Ski Sock comes in. These skiing socks, thanks to carbonized charcoal and germanium anion technology, increase blood flow, which reduces pain and fatigue. These Incrediwear socks are also a warm fit and breath easily creating comfort for one’s foot in its boot, making these socks for skiing the best when it comes to thermo regulating. The right skiing sock can make all the difference when skiing all day from ski lift open to close.

From riding rails to a 360 nosegrab off a jump to shredding fresh powder in a bowl, snowboarding is a workout. With any sport, especially an extreme sport, injuries commonly occur whether it’s biffing a rail or having your edge catch in the snow sending you tumbling. It always helps to have the right injury prevention gear or the right braces to get you riding again. Besides snowboarding we also offer braces and supports for skiing, wakeboarding, and other extreme sports that can be taxing on your body.

Snowboard Braces & Supports

 To prevent injuries from occurring or to help the healing process of injuries, braces and supports are beneficial. Snowboarding is a sport where injuries primarily occur in the upper body of the participant.

Braces can grant protect and help to heal these injured areas. To stay healthy and heal more fully for the snowboarding season braces and supports are excellent to keep one ready to shred some powder. Luckily Braceability has braces for a multiple of snowboarding injuries to help get you back riding including snowboarding ankle braces, snowboarding back supports, shoulder braces for snowboarding, snowboarding neck braces, knee braces, etc. 

Snowboard Socks for Warmth & Blood Flow

No one wants to be hitting the trails hard and then have to call it early because one’s feet are cold or have a tingling in one’s toes. To prevent these from happening many times it’s all about having the right snowboarding socks.

A good sock should provide a rider with warmth and blood flow, not just one or the other. That’s where the Incredisocks Avalanche Warm Compression Ski Sock comes in. These snowboard socks, thanks to carbonized charcoal and germanium anion technology, increase blood flow, which reduces pain and fatigue. They are also a warm fit and breath easily making one’s foot comfortable in its boot, making them the best snowboarding socks when it comes to thermo regulating. The right snowboarding sock can make all the difference when riding on a board all day from ski lift open to close.

Snowboard Wrist Guards for Injury Prevention

Wrist injuries are the most common injury sustained by snowboarders and happen from falling. Wiping out or biffing happens a lot in snowboarding, especially when one is a beginner. When one wipes out the normal response of the body is to throw one’s hands out to catch oneself making the wrists the center of the impact and pressure. Doing so can lead to strains, sprains, and fractures in the wrist. These injuries can put one out of commission for weeks if not longer.

The common snowboarding wrist injuries include strains, sprains, and fractures. Strains are where damage is done to the muscle in the wrist by stretching it too far or tearing it. Sprains are similar except they affect the many ligaments in the wrist. Fractures are bone related injuries in which the bone breaks and they can happen in many different ways. A fracture is a snowboarding wrist injury that can lay a snowboarder up for a while. Snowboard wrist guards can help prevent these injuries or help them heal.

When it comes to a wrist guard for snowboarding the Corflex Ultra Fit Carpal Tunnel Splint works great. It is lightweight and provides good protection in case of a fall while allowing finger flexibility to get one in and out of their bindings. This snowboarding wrist brace not only provides good wrist support while snowboarding, but also is a great option if one is healing from a snowboarding wrist injury. It is excellent for stabilization of the wrist as it heals from its aliment.

The Bort Athletic Wrist Support Band provides good support for the wrist when snowboarding while leaving your hand out of the brace for easier flexibility. It is a good pre-injury wrist guard or a wrist support for snowboarding to help keep a sprained wrist stable.

Snowboarding Knee Braces for Extreme Athletes

Most snowboarding injuries happen to the upper part of the body, but as skill level in a rider increases so does the potential for more serious injuries and knee injuries. Aerials are the most common way to sustain a knee injury, from the twisting of the knee when landing or the over-extension of the knee. A snowboarding knee brace can be beneficial in preventing and recovering from such injuries. If one does a lot of aerials, especially tougher or more extreme tricks, a knee brace is a good item to wear.

ACL, Anterior Cruciate Ligament, and PCL, Posterior Cruciate Ligament, strains or tears can occur while snowboarding. These ligaments are responsible for stability in the knee. Both can occur from the twisting of the knee joint. ACL injuries generally occur due to more expertise jumps while snowboarding and twisting the knee. When the ACL gets injured normally a popping or cracking sound is heard from the knee. PCL injuries happen from impacting the front of the knee or hyper extending the knee. MCL, Medial Collateral Ligament, injuries mostly result from a sprain due to the twist of a knee.

In all these cases a good knee brace for snowboarding or snowboarding knee support can help to prevent these injuries or to help the healing process to get a person back in riding shape. The best knee brace for snowboarding should be used. The Corflex Functional Ligament Knee Brace is a great functional snowboard knee brace. It works well if one wants to avoid injuries before they happen or as a post-injury brace if one does not want to further hurt an injury or reinjure a healed ligament. With its active thigh cuff (ATC) it allows good movement as the brace moves with the muscle.  The brace’s frame being made from aerospace-grade aluminum is lightweight so it won’t slow one down or make one stiff when it comes to boarding.

For more knee braces for snowboarding and snowboarding knee supports, which can be worn during an injury’s healing process while still allowing you to ride check out our selection of ligament tear knee braces. They offer protection and stability to the knee that keep it protected from further injury.  

 
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