Frequently Asked Questions
Soccer or football is one of the most popular sports in the world. Since, it is an intense contact sport it brings with it a risk of various injuries, especially lower extremity injuries. The most common injuries you can get from soccer are knee injuries which can range from mild injuries such as sprains and strains or major injuries such as ACL tears, meniscus tears or Jones fractures. These traumatic injuries can be caused either due to the overuse of the muscle or tendon or due to impact from a fall or twist. To prevent the common injuries caused by overuse of ligaments and tendons, we recommend wearing Bauerfeind braces and Sports Knee Support as they provide protection of the knee joint. The compression massages the surrounding muscles to improve blood flow which aids in recovery. Wearing braces and supports to prevent injuries can reduce your risk of undergoing a surgery which might be required to treat traumatic injuries.
Anterior cruciate ligament injury (or ACL tear) and Medial collateral ligament injury (or MCL tear) are usually caused when your knee takes a hit or when you suddenly twist your knee while running in soccer. Bauerfeind knee braces can prevent knee tears and strengthen your knee joint by providing additional stability and protection. To prevent ACL tears and meniscus tears, we recommend using Bauerfeind Genutrain and Genutrain P3. The GenuTrain P3 is an advanced knee brace targeted specifically at the patella to avoid traumatic soccer injuries such as ACL and MCL injuries. It protects the patella through patella tracking and has a muscle relaxing pad (the only one of its kind in the world) for lateral support. These braces can also be used for post-op care after a meniscectomy to aid with physiotherapy.
The most common leg injury in soccer is the hamstring sprain and adductor sprain. It is caused due to the fluid build up in the thigh muscle and the strain on the thigh muscle due to the rapid changes in the movement required in soccer. We recommend using the upper leg sports compression sleeve to prevent hamstring injury. It improves circulation and supplies oxygen to the targeted muscle to support muscle regeneration and protect against injury. If you are suffering from a thigh, quadricep or hamstring injury, we recommend the MyoTrain thigh brace to relieve the pain and aid in healing. Soccer poses immense pressure on the foot due to the agile movements required. It is advisable to wear a foot orthotics such as Sports Insole ball & racket to relieve the pressure from the heel during quick lateral movements and reduce foot muscle fatigue.
Ankle injuries constitute one-third of all soccer injuries due to lateral agile movement required by the sport. We recommend using the Sports ankle support to protect your ankle from sprains and twists while maintaining peak performance. Ankle injuries such as mild sprains can be treated by R.I.C.E (rest, ice therapy, compression, and elevation) method. We recommend wearing Malleotrain S and Malleotrain Plus brace which stabilise the foot after a sprain caused by twisting or overloading. Special pads inside the brace massage the ankle at specific trigger points which aids in faster healing from ligament strain. To treat major injuries such as Achilles tendon rupture, we recommend using Achillotrain. This support is integrated with a heel cushion to relieve the strain from the Achilles tendon and provide pain relief.
If you’re a soccer enthusiast, it's unlikely that you missed out on athletes wearing compression gear under their sportswear. Soccer players should wear sports compression socks to support their lower leg muscles. Compression increases the blood flow supply which carries oxygen and nutrients to the targeted muscles activating faster recovery of the muscles. Upper leg and lower leg compression sleeves can provide agility in movement whilst playing soccer. It can prevent painful quadriceps and hamstring strains as the compression stabilises the muscles and holds them firmly in their place. Bauerfeind provides medical gradient compression (unlike activewear and most retail compression available in Australia which is lower grade) which enhances athlete performance.
The hinge in the GenuTrain S will restrict your lateral movement. This will promote recovery and help to prevent any further injury. However, you will still have full range of motion when flexing and extending your knee back and forth, only your lateral movement of the knee will be affected. We recommend wearing the GenuTrain S whilst conducting other activities to aid in faster recovery of your injury.