There’s never a good time to get injured
Nothing throws a spanner in the works quite like getting injured. It often brings any fitness training regime to a screeching halt, followed by a slow and gradual road to recovery using gentle or alternative workouts, inevitable to the detriment of overall performance. There is never a good time to get injured so we take a look at some of the latest innovations in injury prevention from head to toe.
Sports injury solutions company X2 Impact have design the X-Guard mouthpiece for use in (American) football. Each analytical gum shield is equipped with sensors to provide data to aid in the understanding as to the causes of concussions. The sensors which include gyrometers and accelerometers help to measure both linear force as well s the rotational impact to the head. To measure head injuries during games and practices, Stanford University’s football team were equipped with the mouth guards. Using the mouthpieces football coaches can gain valuable insights as to which positions are at greatest potential risk.
Head injuries are a potential injury in a number of sports and concussion can cause a number of concerning health issues both in the long and short term if not correctly diagnosed and treated. To provide a solution computer science and engineering researchers at the University of Notre Dame are a Concussion Diagnosis App Concept to reduce the impact of concussions. The team has developed a tablet-based testing system that captures the voice of an individual and analyzes the speech for signs of a potential concussion.
The Base Impact Jersey on the surface might look like a standard item of winter sportswear. However, underneath the lightweight shirt are a series of pockets designed to house armour inserts. This design is to prevent of reduce the risk of personal injury whilst engaged in extreme sports like skiing and snowboarding. Following studies, areas of the upper body that could benefit most from additional shielding when partaking in winter sports where identified. Hexagonal guards formed from Dow Corning silicone then provides support whilst limiting risk from unnatural movements.
Everlast, the global leader in fight sports and fitness has unveiled the latest addition to their professional fight glove assortment, the PowerLock Fight Glove. The glove features the new PowerLock technology, which offers superior protection through a stable, compact chamber that secures a fighter’s hand in a natural fist position. Additionally, the lightweight construction and ergonomic design of the glove offers a strong alternative to boxers seeking a powerful glove. The PowerLock now joins the MX, 1910 and Protex3 in the elite professional glove line from Everlast.
The Synergy Comfort Knee Support features moulded gel surrounding kneecap to improve patellar tracking. Its flexible nylon stabilizers and multi-compression knit design provides support and make it comfortable to wear under clothes and when exercising. Synergy products also activated infused bamboo charcoal to produce FIR infrared rays of natural rays of light energy to activate water molecules in the blood, increasing blood flow and oxygen to injured muscles to promote tissue repair and cell regeneration.
When training for a marathon it may be tempting to wear socks or slippers when relaxing at home, but this is not advisable as they give no support to the hard working muscles in the foot and lower leg. In fact, they can aggravate any tiredness or twinges by flattening out the arch of the foot and making the muscles work hard to keep you upright and balanced. Sole’s orthopaedic mouldable footbeds have been incorporated into a range of flip flops that give all the custom mouldable support of their footbeds built in to the flip flop platform.
Whilst there is no evidence that indicates compression wear plays an active role in injury prevention, it can play an important part in recovery. In physiotherapy a universally observed procedure is R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). VR1 Compresion Socks thereby offer a good way to provide compression which channels fluid up and out of the leg thus reducing swelling significantly. The conditions where this will be particularly useful include ankle sprains for support and to reduce swelling, calf tears/strains and chronic compartment syndrome. Compression has also be shown to reduce the duration a person experiences DOMS.