Ahead of the impending games athletes will have been training hard to conquer on the world stage, pushing themselves to the limit in the pursuit of glory. Winter sports provide an adrenaline rush for professionals and amateurs like no other sport, though with increased speed and mountain obstacles there is an increased risk of injury.
Winter sports are extreme by their nature and the faster and more
extreme a sport is the high the risk of serious injury an athlete can
sustain. Professionals know the risks they are taking and even the best
can take a knock but by knowing the potential outcomes you are able to
look at ways of minimising the risk.
While athletes have been
training hard and pushing themselves the risk of injury and having to
withdraw will no doubt have been at the forefront on their minds,
knowing that one crash or injury can rule them out completely.
winter sports injuries are more common than others though there are a
number of ways in which an athlete can protect themselves to minimise
the risk of injury on the slopes.
joint comprises of four separate ligaments in that of the ACL, LCL, MCL
and PCL which are designed to stabilise the knee joint. Ligaments are
the tough bands of tissue connecting the bones with a joint and allow a
person to walk, run and jump by stabilising the joint during any weight
bearing activity. Any damage to a ligament with the knee can severely
impact on a person's ability to walk or run and from a winter sports
perspective can stop them competing at the highest level.
knee ligament responsible for overall stability is the ACL and the most
susceptible to injury on the slopes.. Over 40% of ACL injuries occur as
a result of extreme or high impact sports with varying levels of
Mild ligament damage is largely self-limiting and you
should expect to recover following a period of rest. Ice can help to
manage any inflammation whilst strengthening exercises post injury can
minimise the risk of further injury in the future. For more serious
injuries surgery may be required to replace the ligament followed by
intensive physiotherapy thereafter.
Soft knee supports
mild ligament damage has been sustained and a patient simply requires
additional stability and support of the joint a soft knee support can be
used. Such a design works by compression to the joint to help manage
inflammation whilst the external strapping provides additional stability
Soft supports are designed to be worn post injury as they offer compression to help manage inflammation..
Rigid knee supports
rigid support can be used from both a preventative and post-injury
perspective. The main purpose of the knee support is to protect the knee
joint and the ligaments from damage,
typically as a result of a fall or crash. They are normally
manufactured in strong but lightweight materials such as carbon fibre
which offers a huge amount of protection without weighing a person down
and hindering their mobility.
can be very painful and very severe especially where winter sports
injuries are concerned. In the immediate aftermath of any injury it is
important to stop what you are doing and rest to avoid any further
damage being caused. A knee support can be used both as a preventative
measure and post injury though in the latter it should be worn in
conjunction with other treatment such as physiotherapy to ensure the
ligament is strengthened as well as protected.