If you love biking and you've been recommended to use an ACL brace, the chances are you either have an injury which needs treating or are being advised to take preventative measures.
Biking can put a tremendous pressure on to the knees, especially downhill biking and dirt biking, if an ACL brace isn't worn. The high-impact and high-adrenaline nature of the sport means that riders are always testing their limits and learning new tricks which can inadvertently lead to a painful knee injury. There is a danger too of recurring injuries when insufficient recovery time is allowed or old problems become aggravated through further strain.
During biking, when a sports knee brace isn't present, the knee joint will experience high levels of force when braking and changing direction. Another particular problem occurs with jumps and landings, when the knee can accidentally hyper-extend and become damaged.
An ACL injury can often occur when a quick change in direction is carried out with a planted foot and straight leg. MCL injuries can also occur if the foot is caught during a run and then twisted outwards. Another problem comes with over-use - pedalling puts a repetitive strain on the leg and leads to problems with cumulative micro-trauma in the knee's tissues and inflammation or degeneration. These typically occur if a sports knee brace isn't being used for protection.
In many cases, a mix of professional analysis and treatment is best combined with specialist products to protect the knee, such as a sports knee brace. A physiotherapist is often valuable to identify and treat knee issues when a doctor has recommended a referral for specialist treatment. The physio will recommend a range of treatment options and preventative measures according to the individual's injury and medical history.
Professional knee-care products exist for preventative and remedial purposes. There are useful sports knee brace products available to help prevent and mitigate these problems. An ACL knee brace will help to avoid over-extension issues and ensure that the knee only engages in its usual full range of motion.
The ACL brace will also limit the amount of joint rotation to reduce the risk of serious knee injury. A good sports knee brace will be comfortable and padded and hold the knee firmly without digging into it or preventing an effective range of motion.
The brace is designed to have no rigid component parts in the medial section (upper inner) or the posterior (across the back). This means that the sports knee brace doesn't pinch or restrict, yet it ensures the rider will be able to maintain a streamlined position. These products come in a range of sizes and are designed to be adjustable and comfortable. They protect the knee without constricting it and allow the rider to enjoy the sport without pain or risk of further injury.
Kevin Briggs writes blogs and articles for the Össur Webshop and is an extreme sports enthusiast who knows the importance of using a sports knee brace to protect against ligament damage, having suffered a number of knee injuries over the years. Original Article: Common knee injuries in biking