The 2012 Accident Olympics

 Manteo Mitchell running 200 meters with a broken left fibula, demonstrated pure olympic courage setting the fastest ever 1st round-relay time during the 2012 games. Stephen Kiprotich, snubbed during introductions and injured, still claimed Uganda's 2nd ever olympic gold for another unfathomable public display in athletic persistance. Unfortunately, injuries of the knee and ankle are far too common for many participating in competitive sports, as well as those training to improve their athletic performance. Since orthoses have been on the scene, skiers such as Tim Durrtschi and Lynsey Dyer, recovering from surgery, like ACL repair or meniscus tear, have worn knee orthoses (braces) as an integral component in the recovery process. Post-operative, when knee-cap edema is a concern, a tight fitting yet lightweight orthosis is ideal. Try the anatomically knitted GenuTrain, everyday knee brace by Bauerfeind. GenuTrain S is constructed from breathable materials and engineered to center the patella redistributing painful pressure. The GenuTrain knee orthoses line offers 7 different sizing options, 2 levels for positioning ensuring precision in fit and over 5 various support styles which are injury specific. Veteran athletes relieve the pain in knee associated with osteoarthritis with an uploader brace, like the GenuTrain A3, which transitions the weight from the damaged inner area to the outer undamaged compartment. An arthritic brace, such as the GenuTrain A3, promotes proprioception, the awareness of body orientation. This sensory awareness heightening increases the stability for knee joints, thereby reducing incidence of injury. Shawn Johnson's lingering knee injury circumvented the gymnast's comeback, and US National women's team superstar, Alex Morgan, suffered a similar injury in America's preliminary match against Canada. Female skiers from the US, Resi Stiegler, and Austria, overall women's World Cup winner Nicole Hosp & Christoph Grubur, 5x World Cup winner, suffered severe injuries to their knees during training preventing competition in the 2012 games. Why have the 2012 games had more ankle and knee injuries amongst women competitors than ever before? Women are quickly becoming the most biologically vulnerable targets for sports related injuries due to several factors. According to statistical evidence, women are amongst the top three high-risk groups considered extremely susceptible to injuries in sport activities. More female participation in olympic sports is being seen across the board in every event, including those demanding high impact running, jumping and cutting activity. The modern women olympics are more powerful, aggressive and faster than ever. Women are competing on levels and in events, not allowed 10 years ago. Thus, many more women are sustaining sport specific injuries, particularly in soccer, volleyball, basketball and gymnastics. The NCAA collected data from 1982 to 2011, reporting female soccer & basketball players have significantly higher (6x's more) ACL injury incidence than those of male counterparts. Researchers at Yale University recently conducted an experimental study testing their theories regarding athletic maneuvers which required unstable body position recovery and higher female injury incidence. Evidence indicated substantial variation in active proprioception baseline core repositioning between the uninjured and injured. Research confirmed a strong correlation between reduced core proprioception and increased incidence for knee injury in females. Pre-season screening to establish core functioning in women is essential to implement appropriate protocols for core strengthening, as well as preventive measures such as knee supports. 651_knee_1  

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