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Knee Injuries
  • Guides

    A Guide to Purchasing your Knee Brace

    Buying a Knee brace be it your first or a replacement is a daunting process. Knee braces come in several different shapes and sizes, as well as offering different levels of support it is difficult to be sure what brace is right for you and your injury. Therefore, here at Firsatid4sport we have prod
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  • Injury Guide

    Patella Tracking

    Most often, the patella will shift excessively towards the outside of your leg, however, in some cases although less common; it is possible for it to shift towards the inside. The knee joint is a hinge which connects the tibia and fibula of your leg with your femur. The kneecap is held in its natura
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  • Guides

    Why we love Easter Skiing!

    Easter is a great time to enjoy skiing, making the most of the better weather, taking advantage of the last of the ski season. Easter is the perfect time to enjoy a skiing getaway with family and children or equally just with friends. If you are the type of person who wants to ski whilst enjoying t
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  • Injury Guide

    How to fit the Donjoy Armor

    There is no doubting that the Donjoy Armor is an amazing piece of kit is invaluable for ACL injuries. However, it can seem awkward to fit at first. This video takes you through the fitting process that you would go through if you booked a fitting with us. This video covers: How to measure before yo
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  • Guides

    Knee Brace Hinges

    Choosing a knee brace can be difficult and confusing. Lots of technical language is thrown around with little or no explanation of what it actually means, or advice on which would really work best for you and your injuries. Hinged knee braces provide the best support, however, did you know that ther
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  • Health and Wellbeing

    Knee Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)

    What is arthritis? Arthritis is a condition characterised by a degenerative process whereby there is gradual wear and tear to the cartilage and bone surfaces of a joint with subsequent inflammation. Arthritis of the knee may occur following a specific injury or due to repetitive impact through the k
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  • Injury Guide

    Knee Braces for Horse Riding

    Anyone who horse rides will know just how hard the sport is on your knees. However, the logistics of the sport makes protecting the knees very difficult with problems such as tight fitting clothing, the need for a complete range of motion, and most importantly the fact that most of us would rather s
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  • Injury Guide

    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 Firstai
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  • Injury Guide

    Sprained Knee

    What is a Knee Sprain? A sprained knee is an injury which can be experienced by feeling a pain in the knee area of the leg. Symptoms of a knee sprain include swelling, pain, stiffness or buckling. There are a number of causes of a sprained knee including falls and injuries incurred during physical a
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  • Injury Guide

    Runners Knee

    What is Runners Knee? Runner’s knee occurs when the kneecap (patella) becomes out of alignment preventing it from smoothly sliding up and down the groove in the femur. Owing to its name, this injury is one of the most common amongst long-distance runners. Causes Overpronation Weakness or imbalanc
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  • Injury Guide

    Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury

    SUMMARY Causes Can be sudden impact or overuse injury Twisting force or hyperextension the knee Rapid direction changes Tackling, collisions and falls (common in football and rugby) Symptoms Popping sensation and pain in the knee Pain at the inner aspect of the knee Swelling and inflamma
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  • Injury Guide

    Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury

    SUMMARY Causes Overuse injury Twisting force or direct impact to the knee Rapid direction changes Tackling, collisions and falls (common in football and rugby) Symptoms Popping sensation and pain in the knee Pain at the inner aspect of the knee Swelling and inflammation Inability to bear
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  • Injury Guide

    Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Tear

    SUMMARY Causes Overuse injury Twisting force or direct impact to the knee Rapid direction changes Tackling, collisions and falls (common in football and rugby) Landing from a jump Symptoms Popping sensation and pain in the knee Pain at the inner aspect of the knee Swelling and inflammati
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  • Injury Guide

    Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear

    SUMMARY Causes Violent over-twisting of the knee Lower leg forced forward Common in skiing Sudden change of direction Symptoms Audible pop sound at time of the injury Minor tears - slight pain at start, increasing Swelling and stiffness Unnatural movement of knee joint Major tears - leg
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  • Injury Guide

    Patella Tendonitis

    SUMMARY Causes Repetitive or prolonged activity Frequent jumping and landing – particularly on hard surface Rapid acceleration while running Poor footwear Playing or training on an unhealed injury Symptoms Aching or stiffness above or below the knee cap Pain directly over the Patellar Te
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  • Injury Guide

    VIDEO - This discovery could get Walcott to the World Cup

    Could this discovery improve ACL injury recovery times? Theo Walcott is the latest premier league star to be struck down with the dreaded ACL injury. This is devastating news for the young Arsenal and England player with the 2014 world cup fast approaching. Walcott has been ruled out for six months,
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  • Injury Guide

    A guide to Lateral Collateral Ligament Injuries

    A lateral collateral ligament (LCL) is one of the major ligaments found in the outer part of the knee which attaches the outer part of the thigh bone found at the knee, femur, to the outer side of the shin bone, tibia, to ensure knee stability. Lateral collateral ligament tears are common sport-rel
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  • Injury Guide

    Can I wear a knee support while playing football?

    Knee injuries are one of the most common injuries in football and can be caused by crunching tackles or the fast-paced cutting and turning manoeuvres carried out by players. So, to be more confident in your joint's stability and to get back on the pitch as soon as possible many people will wear a kn
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  • Guides

    Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear Guide

    An ACL tear is a common sports injury affecting the knee and is characterised by the tearing of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, which is an important structural stabiliser for the knee. A ligament is a strong bond of connective tissue which attaches bone to bone, the ACL is situated within the knee
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  • Guides

    J Taping Step-by-Step Guide & Video

    This J Taping step-by-step guide shows you how to protect the ACL ligament in the knee midway through rehabilitation and to prevent injury of it from reoccurring. Using: 2.5cm Zinc Oxide Tape 5cm EAB Step 1 Perform an anchor above and below the knee. Step 2 To perform the 'J' shape, tape down fro
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  • Guides

    Medial Ligament Taping Step-by-Step Guide & Video

    This taping guide will show you how to provides support to the medial collateral ligament following injury or to support unstable knees, you will need two kinds of tape and there are seven steps in this guide. Using: 2.5cm Zinc Oxide Tape 5cm EAB Step 1 Apply two anchors of zinc oxide above and be
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  • Injury Guide

    Iliotibial Band Syndrome

    What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome? The Iliotibial band (ITB) experiences friction as it passes over the femur bone, back and forth over the epicondyle (bony bit on the outside of the knee). When the knee bends at around 20-30 degrees the IT band experiences the greatest friction. This is about the ra
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  • Injury Guide

    Knee Injuries and the Female Athlete

    Knee injuries, particularly damage to the anterior cruciate ligament, are most commonly seen in female athletes. This has been observed more in recent years, possibly as a result of the increase in popularity and participation levels in women’s sport. Increased participation has heightened app
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  • Injury Guide

    Get Your Donjoy Armor Fitted In Time For Skiing 2018

    It's that time of year again, the ski season is approaching, and you find yourself once again dusting off your ski boots, and getting ready to hit the piste. Skiing is an adrenaline fuelled, difficult and dangerous sport, and that’s why we love it. Unfortunately injury comes with the territory
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  • Injury Guide

    ACL Injuries

    What is an ACL tear? An ACL tear is a common sports injury affecting the knee and is characterized by tearing of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), which is an important structural stabiliser for the knee. A ligament is a strong band of connective tissue which attaches bone to bone. The ACL is si
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  • Injury Guide

    MCL Knee Ligament Injury Explained

    The Medial Collateral Ligament is the knee ligament located on the inside of the knee joint. It links the thigh bone and the shin bone. Any knee injury involving ligaments is referred to as a sprain, and is a relatively common knee injury that can occur when the knee is twisted or subject to externa
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  • Health and Wellbeing

    Which is the best knee brace for skiing?

    Once you ski, you either love it or hate it. Those that love it would do anything to keep going year on year and buy anything to keep them on the slopes all day, every day. Speak to any skier and most will tell you they stopped skiing because they tore their Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). Commonl
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  • Health and Wellbeing

    Skiing Knee Brace Guide

    Which is the best knee brace for skiing? Because of the specific stresses and strains that skiing excerpts on the knee, we can significantly narrow down our range of knee braces to suit skiing. Here are our top 5 skiing knee braces |Donjoy Armour//PDJ99| This is the best skiing knee brace we have tr
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