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PSB Sports Braces Ankle Brace 8 £19.25
PSB Ankle Brace 8 is suitable for all sporting activities where there is an increased risk of ankle sprain (instability) or mild pain complaints. It is also ideally suited for athletes who have a need for extra support during their sporting activities. The PSB Ankle Brace 8 differs from the PSB Ankle Brace as it can also be used in sports activities where shoes are not worn.
Practising sports with a PSB ankle brace 8:
The PSB ankle brace 8 is eminently suited for the prevention and treatment of ankle injuries. The ankle brace ensures controlled limitation of movements without interfering with sports activities. The PSB ankle brace 8 provides support to the ankle’s movements. The support feels very comfortable and is easy to apply without help. PSB is a quality product made by Push, developed by a team of experienced specialists in close cooperation with physicians and athletes. PSB uses innovative technology and the most advanced materials.
About ankle injuries:
Ankle complaints can be a serious hindrance for athletes practising their sports. In particular the ankle ligaments are subject to considerable stress. In the case of slight twisting, the ankle ligaments briefly suffer overstretching, but walking can be resumed soon. If the twisting is more serious, the ankle ligament may be completely torn. The ankle then swells quickly and becomes painful. This is called ankle sprain or distortion. Ankle complaints may be long-lived, because the ankle continues to be stressed. The use of a brace, combined with remedial therapy, may provide an effective solution.
The PSB ankle brace 8 can be used in the following cases:
After minor twisting
Ankle support after previous twisting
Serious spraining and major instability usually require a stronger brace. Make sure you obtain expert advice! Otherwise, there are no known disorders where the PSB ankle brace cannot or should not be worn. Avoid wearing the brace too tight! Pain is, however, always a sign of warning. If pain or complaints persist without a clear cause, it is recommended that you visit your GP, physiotherapist or sports physician.
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Concussion is caused by an injury to the brain, as a result of an impact to the head. It is also referred to as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). The brain, the most complicated organ in the body, is situated in the head, and is at the core of the nervous system. It is protected by the skull (a hard bony surface) and consists of soft tissue; grey and white matter, which is divided by a dark colour. The brain consists of the cerebral cortex, the cerebellum and cerebrum. The cerebral cortex is outside the cerebrum and is divided into 4 lobes (the frontal lobe, the parietal lobe, the occipital lobe and the temporal lobe). The cortex is neural tissue, which is folded to fit within the skull. It is responsible for consciousness, memory, thought, language and awareness. The brain is surrounded and protected by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
When concussion happens, the brain moves and knocks against the skull causing bruising to the brain, damage to the nerves and to the blood vessels. This alters the fine chemical and electrical balance in the brain which disturbs the messages sent from the brain to the rest of the body. Concussion is one of the commonest forms of injury that results in hospital treatment. Children between the ages of 5 and 14 are the most susceptible to concussion. Recovery from concussion is usually good. However, repeated incidents of concussion can lead to dementia (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).
Concussion can be caused by a fall, or by a blow to the head. There are a number of sporting activities that can result in concussion occurring, for example, boxing, horse riding (a fall from the horse), bicycling, rugby, football, cricket (hit by a cricket ball) and skiing. Car or road traffic accidents can also cause concussion. The use of helmets, for example, when riding, bicycling, motor biking can help prevent concussion occurring and limit potential brain damage.
Complications of concussion can lead to a second concussion (SIS, second impact syndrome). This could indicate brain swelling, which can be fatal. Bleeding in the brain can be a complication of concussion.
It is important to seek medical advice immediately, to rule out bleeding it to the brain, which could indicate a serious head injury. It is important to rest and monitor the patient closely, in case the symptoms worsen. This could indicate bleeding between the skull and the brain, or bleeding on the surface of the brain. The length of observation for concussion, depends on the severity of the concussion, but could range from a few days to several weeks. The first 24/48 hours are crucial. It is important that the patient is woken every 2/3 hours for the first 12-24 hours.
When moving someone with suspected concussion it is important to move them carefully and treat them as if they might have a spinal or cervical injury.
An MRI scan or a CT scan might be performed to diagnose the nature of the head injury.
During recovery from concussion, patients might find it difficult to concentrate, be irritable, and can be sensitive to noise and light. They can also get tired more easily.
Rest and avoid sport or any activity that could cause an impact to the head. For children and adults it is important to seek medical advice to find out when it is safe to resume activity. *Professional rugby players have to rest for 3 weeks before playing again.
*Detailed concussion guidelines from the IRB Player Welfare website.
Avoid driving for the first few days. (seek medical advice to find out when it is safe to resume driving.)
Painkillers (paracetamol). Seek medical advice before administering.
Aspirin and anti-inflammatories should be avoided as they cause thinning of the blood.
Sophia Cross, BA (Hons) MA