Common Knee Injuries And British Athletics Indoor Grand Prix

This weekend the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham will open its door to the British Athletics Indoor Grand Prix.
The event brings together some of the best athletes as they compete for glory in front of a sell-out crowd.
It was this time last year that Olympic champion Mo Farah took the 3,000 metre title to add to his medal tally and cement his place as one of the greatest British long distance runners. The event will also play host to a number of other running disciplines ranging from 60 metres upwards as well as the hurdles, long jump and pole vault.

With athletes training hard to make the event, injuries will sometimes arise through no fault of their own and typically a sign that the body has done too much. This article will focus on some of the most common types of knee injuries sustained and how they can be treated.

Knee Injuries
Knee injuries can result from both sport and non-sporting activities, but in the majority of cases it is as a result of overuse, where an athlete has pushed themselves too far and strain once of their muscles or ligaments within a joint.

For professional athletes who push themselves hard every day, the risk of injury through overuse can be high. When considering events such as the Grand Prix, athletes will be running high on adrenaline with the crowd cheering them on and push themselves beyond their normal limits to succeed.

A typical knee injury results in pain and inflammation of the joint, which can affect your mobility. Whilst it can be very painful and frustrating the condition itself should subside within a few days following rest and the use of ice to manage inflammation. A knee support can also be worn during this period to help offer compression whilst you perform light duties on your feet i.e.

walking to work.
More serious knee injuries are typically concentrated on the ligaments, which are the tough bands of tissue connecting the bones within a joint and are responsible for its overall stabilisation. Severe damage here can lead to a lengthy spell on the sidelines and even surgery to have the ligaments replaced.

Benefits of wearing a knee support
There are a variety of knee support products on the market depending on the condition you wish to manage, helping with anything from mild inflammation to ligament damage resulting in instability of the joint.

The majority of high performance brace options are manufactured form either neoprene or BioSkin, offering a higher level of compression to patients to help manage inflammation and pain and thereby potentially increasing your mobility. There are a number of variants to these braces depending on what you want it to do, whether you just need to manage swelling or if you need a hinged brace to help with your overall stability during walking and running.

A hinged knee brace is designed to work with you as you move and whilst offering compression for the inflammation the knee support offers you the support lost as a result of the initial injury with the straps working as external ligaments.
Where you are suffering from a patella (knee cap) related condition then you need a knee support designed to focus on this area, typically incorporating a buttress into the design which maintains the position of the patella. Depending on the severity of the condition you may need a brace which can fix the patella in place and prevent it from moving rather than just applying compression to the region.

If you are ever unsure as to which type of knee support you should be wearing then it is advisable to speak with a clinician as selecting the right product can provide the maximum set of benefits for you during your recovery.

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