Tuesday, June 24, 2014

5 Safe & Fun Family-Friendly Sports

If your family never gets enough time outside, use the summer season to change things up! Running out of fun family activity ideas? Have no fear - we’ve got you covered. Here at MMAR Medical, we know that with hectic schedules, getting enough time outside can be difficult. Here is a list of 5 outdoor family activities that are fun for everyone:

Capture the Flag

Divide the family into two teams and give each team a flag – it can be anything of your choosing (even a piece of fabric). Split up your yard into two equal boxes: one box for one team and another box for the other team. Place a flag at the back line of each box and line up the players of each team on their respective flag line. Once the game starts, the players sprint to the other side and try to gather the other team’s flag to take back to their flag line. If any player is tagged in opposing territory, he’s out and must stand behind the other team’s flag line. If he brings the flag back to his home flag line, he is safe and scores a point. The team that scores 3 points first wins.

Flag Football


Flag football has been a P.E. class favorite for a long time. Why not bring it to your backyard? The rules are similar to regular football except each player has 2 foot long flags suspended from a removable belt or tucked into their shorts. The tugging off of a flag resembles the typical football tackle. So, if a player were to have his flag taken, the player is therefore “tackled.” If you want a safer way to play football, flag football is the best alternative. Invite the whole neighborhood over and get playing!

Biking
Get out your bikes and explore your neighborhood the old fashioned way. If you live in a suburban neighborhood, bike around with your kids and see all the things that you might have missed while driving. If you’re neighborhood isn’t the safest place for kids to bike, check out local nature trails or biking trails. Not only will this be a great bonding experience for your family, it will also help your kids get some necessary outside time. Tell your kids to bring a friend for added incentive to get outside!

H.O.R.S.E

If you have a basketball hoop or a neighborhood basketball court, why not take the kids over to play a good-old fashioned game of H.O.R.S.E? Decide on the order of the players: who goes first, who goes second, etc. The first player attempts a shot at the hoop from any position and any style. If the first player makes the shot, the player that follows the first player then has to mimic exactly how the first player made the shot. If the second player is not able to make the shot the same way the first player did, they get the letter “H”. If player 2 makes the shot, the third player has to attempt to make the same shot the first player made. If player 3 fails to make the shot, they get the letter “H”. Whoever makes it to HORSE first, loses the game.

Geocaching

Geocaching uses GPS units to find hidden treasure in your neighborhoods, common parks, or nature trails. There’s also an app for your phone! If your kids love to treasure hunt, then they will love geocaching. Dress your kids for the outdoors and bring along water, snacks, a pen and a few assorted trinkets (think playing cards, figurines, etc). Input the basic coordinates of the cache and try to find it with your kids! Once you find the cache, there should be a few small items around it. If you decide to take something from the cache (for memories!), then you must replace the item with one of your little trinkets. There might also be a logbook at the cache site. If so, use your handy pen to sign the guest log! The geocaching website also lists family-friendly and kid-friendly caches.

Use the summer months to get your kids active! This list is only a small selection of fun
family outdoor activities! For information on sports and injuries, check out MMAR Medical.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Best Knee Braces for Common Basketball Injuries

Basketball players are incredibly prone to knee injuries, because their sport requires them to run and jump the majority of the time. This constant movement puts an immense amount of stress on their knees, making them vulnerable to ACL, MCL and patella injuries. Knee braces can help athletes continue playing basketball after their injuries by absorbing contact shock and providing necessary support. Here's our list of the best knee braces for basketball:

1. McDavid Knee Strap for Patella Tendonitis Injuries

Patella tendonitis, otherwise known as "jumper's knee," is a common injury among basketball players. The patellar tendon is the attachment between the kneecap and shinbone and helps the leg to straighten and bend properly. Injury or overuse of this tendon from repeated movements, like jumping and changing direction, can cause irritation or inflammation to the kneecap region. The McDavid Knee Strap is perfect for this type of injury, because its non-slip buttress distributes just enough pressure to relieve the pain. Not only is it great for "jumper's knee," but it's also ideal for other issues like Osgood-Schlatter disease and patella tracking. As a one-size-fits-all band with an adjustable hook and loop, it can be strapped tighter or looser depending on the amount of tension and pressure desired.

2. Hely Weber Shields Knee Brace for MCL Injuries

A Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) injury is also quite common in basketball. This type of injury usually happens when the MCL is stretched or torn when the knee is forced into a knock-knee position, which is when the legs turn inward with knees touching, ankles separated. A medial-lateral brace with thigh and calf sleeves or straps, like the Hely Weber Shields Knee Brace, can significantly lessen the painful symptoms by limiting the range of medial-lateral tilt, anterior-posterior tilt and rotational motions. Controlling the kneecap and preventing hyperextension, it stabilizes the MCL and patella with its wide bi-axial hinges. And for added comfort, this knee brace is made out of perforated neoprene for cool compression and ventilation.

3. Mueller Hg80 Knee Brace for ACL Injuries

Lastly, there's the dreaded ACL injury—the stuff nightmares are made of for serious athletes. Basketball players can tear their ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) by changing direction too abruptly, twisting the knee unnaturally or enduring a hit directly at the center of the knee. Despite the pain and possible surgery, the long recovery time of anywhere between 6-12 months is enough to cause significant physical and emotional deterioration. Fortunately, there are many multidirectional stability braces, like the Mueller HG80 Hinged Knee Brace, to aid in the recovery process. The Mueller HG80 supports both sides of the knee with its flexible steel springs, minimizing abnormal motion yet still permitting leg flexion and extension. In other words, it supports without restraining flexibility.

The knee braces mentioned above are designed with the main basketball movements - like pivoting, cutting, jumping and running - in mind. It's important to remember that most knee braces are not prophylactic or made for injury prevention. They are support systems for present injuries and help with daily muscle and ligament function. Check out our wide range of knee braces and supports for other options.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace vs. DonJoy Playmaker II Knee Brace

Have you always been a sports enthusiast? Being an athlete can take a toll on your body and it takes a lot of effort and care to stay fit and be in shape. Once in a while, even the fittest athlete is hit by some sort of injury.

If you are a runner or skier, or play sports such as basketball, tennis, squash, soccer, or golf, you are very likely prone to ligament tears and instabilities. Fortunately, with advances in technology, ligament troubles are not a problem.

The DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace and the DonJoy Playmaker II Knee Brace are two braces that will allow you to keep playing the sports you love without worrying as much about future injuries. Both of these products are similar yet different. Let us take a look at both the products to help you make an informed decision as to which product would suit your purpose better.

Differences between the DonJoy Playmaker & DonJoy Playmaker II

The DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace is a flexible brace that provides support and is made for mild to moderate knee ligament troubles. The Playmaker is a soft-hinged brace but it differs from other braces because it has an exclusive and patented arrangement of straps. These straps have been proven to reinforce and increase stability in the knee ligaments.

The Playmaker comes in two different materials. One of them is neoprene which is used mainly for surfer’s wetsuits. The other material is called Drytex and is lightweight and more breathable than neoprene. Drytex helps during warm weather due to better airflow. The Playmaker can also be worn in water and you can use a cover over the brace to prevent the water current from loosening the straps. In addition, the Playmaker can be worn in either leg which gives you the option of buying just one.

Also, you can choose from a sleeve or wraparound Playmaker. With the sleeve, you will have to slide it onto your foot, while the wraparound with its Velcro straps can be opened and placed on the knee directly. Finally the Playmaker Brace comes in seven different sizes to suit your needs.

On the other hand, the DonJoy Playmaker II Knee Brace is very similar to the Playmaker Knee Brace. It is meant to help with ligament tears and instabilities. Also, the Playmaker II also comes in seven different sizes to choose from. It also comes in two different materials, Neoprene and Spacer. The Playmaker II has been further enhanced with Hi10, which is a high tenacity nylon/spandex fabric. This offers supreme comfort and fit making it very comfortable to pursue any kind of sport. The spacer fabric further adds to the comfort by providing a cool environment.

Finally, the Playmaker II continues to use the same design as the Playmaker Knee Brace with molded strap tabs which assist with effortless adjustment of the knee brace.

So what are you waiting for? Pick your knee brace today and enjoy the freedom of playing your loved sport.

MMAR Medical carries a huge selection of sports braces that will help you get back on your feet after an injury. Visit our store for our entire selection of therapy products.