HOW CAN I PREVENT OR AVOID A KNEE INJURY WHILE PLAYING AFL?
Wearing a Bauerfeind brace or knee support can minimise your chances of an AFL injury by providing enhanced stability, proprioception and moisture-wicking medical-grade compression. Some of the most common forms of injury while playing AFL include runner’s knee, hamstring strain, ACL strain and contusion. AFL is known for its high level of physical body contact. By not wearing any protection except for the occasional mouth guard, players are at a high risk of injury.
Common causes include collision, overuse, unstable landings and sharp movement. Bauerfeind knee braces help to promote blood flow with the use of our 3D weaved medical grade compression, something not found when using simple neoprene sleeves and braces. Whilst all the Train series are excellent for sport support, the GenuTrain S is ideal for sporting activities. This added support will help stabilise your joint without limiting your ability to handball, hospital kick, and score goals.
HOW TO TREAT AN AFL KNEE INJURY
- Strains or Sprains. Many sprains and strains can often be treated with the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. A physiotherapist can assist with the recovery as well. If the sprain is more severe you may require surgery.
- Runner’s Knee. This is the common name for patellofemoral pain syndrome. This is often due to abnormal mechanics caused by problems close to the knee, forcing the patella to bump against the femoral groove. We recommend speaking with a running specific physiotherapist, they will usually review your running form as well tissue and musculature.
- Meniscal Tearing. Simple meniscal tears may be treated with the RICE method and anti-inflammatory medications. Advanced tears may require surgery. Muscle weakness or incoordination can predispose you to a ligament sprain or tear.
Play it safe: Consult a doctor if you experience unusually intense and persistent tendonitis pain.
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