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How can I keep skiing with a torn ACL?

 Approximately one third of skiing injuries involve damage to the knees, most commonly ruptures of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). But does a partial or even full tear to your ACL have to mean the end of pain free skiing? Or worse still the end of skiing all together? Here at Firstaid4sport we know the lengths that people will go to, to keep on skiing. That is why truly believe that the new DonJoy Armor is such a valuable piece of kit.

The ACL is often damaged when stopping or pivoting suddenly, the lower leg stays planted where it is while the upper leg continues to move forwards with momentum. i.e. the shin stays still and the thigh moves forwards, therefore stretching the ligaments trying to hold them together. The Donjoy Armor with FourcePoint combines the strongest functional brace with new hinge technology. This knee brace lets you perform at your highest level. The Armor Knee Brace is ideal for patients with moderate to severe ACL instabilities, after ACL reconstructions, ACL deficiencies, hyperextension and for preventative use. The Armor with FourcePoint is specifically designed with the winter sportsperson in mind as it will comfortably fit a person wearing ski or snowboarding boots. The 4-points-of-leverage means that the brace touches your leg in four places, front and back of the thigh and front and back of the shin/calf. Using these points of contact as a lever the hinge can take away most of the stresses and strains normally placed on the knee joint, and more specifically on the Cruciate Ligaments (the ACL, Anterior (meaning front) and PCL, Posterior (meaning back)). The FourcePoint hinge itself is a new development from Donjoy as it has adjustable resistance and when you extend you knee there is no jerky stopping when you straighten your leg. The hinge itself will give you a soft stop. Watch the video below showing just how easily the brace fits with your ski boots and trousers!