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Best Ankle Brace for Jiu Jitsu

You asked, “Which Bauerfeind ankle support is best for BJJ grappling and movement drills?”

Here is a side-by-side video review of Bauerfeind’s Sports Ankle Support and MalleoTrain Plus ankle support, by Jiu Jitsu coach and physical therapist Dr. Tskozik:


 

“In the end, both these braces offer excellent stability, support and comfort. I’d say the determining factor is this: if you’re just coming back from an acute injury and you need a little bit extra stimulation and support around those tendons for increased blood flow and faster recovery go with the MalleoTrain Plus, if you’re just looking for something to offer you streamlined stability for injury prevention go with the Bauerfeind Sports Ankle Support.”

 

About the Author:
Dr. Eugene Tsozik, PT has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2008. He is a brown belt under head coach Nick “Chewy” Albin at Derby City Martial Arts in Louisville, KY.

Tsozik has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has been practicing since 2009, specializing in treatment of orthopaedic and sport-specific injuries and conditions. Having dealt with a number of injuries of his own, Tsozik is always looking for new recovery techniques while training.

“I have an interest in training, improving my physical and mental well-being through jiu-jitsu, injury prevention, and love all things grappling, strength training, and MMA.” – Dr. Tsozik, PT

 

To learn more and hear the Jiu Jitsu Therapist podcast, visit: www.jiujitsutherapist.com

 

 

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Bauerfeind Sports Ankle Support

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MalleoTrain S Open Heel

 

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Workout Wednesday: Quick Feet

Workout Wednesday by TRAINER-Rx: Weekly physical therapy videos put together by real orthopedic specialists to help you recover and stay injury-free.

 

 

Quick Feet –

This exercise is intended to improve agility and the efficiency of movement. The unique features of the Bauerfeind AchilloTrain help to support the Achilles tendon and reduce or relieve pain experienced there, easing the performance of exercise and everyday activities.

You will need an exercise step measuring 6” or more in height. Begin facing the step on feet spread hip-width apart. Rise up onto the step, first with one foot and then the other. Step down in the same fashion: first one foot, then the other. Repeat for the recommended period of time.

Pacing for this exercise is based on individual ability. Do not exceed a pace appropriate to your ability.

 

TRAINER-Rx is a HIPAA-compliant, convenient web app providing rehabilitation and recovery pathways to patients with step-by-step guidance on the road from injury to recovery. When used in conjunction with regular medical care, Trainer Rx saves time, keeps patients motivated and increases the potential for optimal long-term recovery.

Ask your healthcare provider how TRAINER-Rx can help with your recovery! Learn more at www.trainer-rx.com

2/8/17|Bauerfeind Products, Featured, Foot / Ankle, Health & Wellness, Workout Wednesday by Trainer Rx|Comments Off on Workout Wednesday: Quick Feet

Workout Wednesday: Banded Side Shuffle

Workout Wednesday by TRAINER-Rx: Weekly physical therapy videos put together by real orthopedic specialists to help you recover and stay injury-free.

 

 

The Banded Side Shuffle –

This exercise is intended to strengthen the muscles of the lower extremity with emphasis on the muscles of the posterior hip. The GenuTrain Knee Support from Bauerfeind may aid your exercise performance by providing support to increase knee stability.

Begin the exercise by standing upright with the knotted elastic band or loop placed around both legs and positioned between the knees and ankles. Everything else being equal, the farther down the leg the band or loop is positioned, the greater the resistance to then movement.

With the band positioned according to your ability, bend slightly at the hips and knees. From this position, take reaching steps to the side. Repeat moving first to one side and then the other.

 

TRAINER-Rx is a HIPAA-compliant, convenient web app providing rehabilitation and recovery pathways to patients with step-by-step guidance on the road from injury to recovery. When used in conjunction with regular medical care, Trainer Rx saves time, keeps patients motivated and increases the potential for optimal long-term recovery.

Ask your healthcare provider how TRAINER-Rx can help with your recovery! Learn more at www.trainer-rx.com

Bauerfeind USA announces PBATS Partnership

BAUERFEIND USA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL ATHLETIC TRAINERS SOCIETY (PBATS)
Bauerfeind now the Official Brace of PBATS

 

Atlanta, Georgia (January 27, 2017) – Bauerfeind, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of orthopedic braces and supports for every joint and the back, as well as compression and insole products, announces a partnership with the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS).

As part of the multi-year partnership, Bauerfeind will be the Official Brace of PBATS and the organization will endorse Bauerfeind’s full line of functional support, brace and compression therapy products.

In 2016, Bauerfeind launched a new product specifically designed for prevention and treatment of hyper-extension injury in baseball pitchers. The Bauerfeind Sports Elbow Brace (formerly known as EpiTrain PowerGuard) was developed in partnership with world-renowned sports surgeon, James R. Andrews, M.D., who is most commonly known for his effective application of “Tommy John Surgery”.

“We’ve been impressed with the quality and efficacy of Bauerfeind products since day one, but when Dr. Andrews helped develop their new pitcher’s brace we knew we needed to get in on the ground level with this innovative product,” said Mark O’Neal, PBATS president and Director of Medical Administration for the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. “After extensive testing, we are proud to endorse Bauerfeind’s full line of supports, braces, and compression products. This formal partnership brings together two organizations who are dedicated to providing the best sports medical care solutions for professional baseball athletes.”

“Bauerfeind’s medical and sports heritage aligns with PBATS’ medical and sports athletic training expertise,” said Warren Colter, CMO at Bauerfeind USA. “PBATS athletic trainers work with the best athletes in the world and this partnership allows us to bring their medical and athletic training, knowledge and expertise to our consumers.”

For more information on the PBATS partnership or to purchase Bauerfeind products, visit www.bauerfeind.com.

About Bauerfeind

Founded in Germany in 1929, Bauerfeind is one of the leading manufacturers of medical products including orthopedic braces and supports for every joint and the back, as well as compression and insole products. Every Bauerfeind product is made in Germany and is designed to help people live fulfilling, active lives, at any age.

Top athletes and athletic trainers across the world put their trust in the outstanding quality of Bauerfeind products. The company has been an official supplier of the German Olympic teams from 2002 to 2010 with a service team on hand at the Summer and Winter Games. Since 2010, Bauerfeind has won each call for tenders and has been a partner of the Olympic Organizational Committees as the exclusive supplier of braces and supports to all participating nations.

In 2016 Bauerfeind earned the endorsement of the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA) for providing outstanding support to professional basketball players across the league.

Bauerfeind AG is a family-run company with over 2,000 employees worldwide and subsidiaries in more than 20 countries, including Bauerfeind USA which was founded in 1985 in Kennesaw, GA and recently relocated to midtown Atlanta.

Bauerfeind products are available at medical supply retailers, sports specialty retailers and on www.bauerfeind.com.

 

About PBATS

The mission of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) is to serve as an educational resource for the Major League and Minor League Baseball athletic trainers. PBATS serves its members by providing for the continued education of the athletic trainer as it relates to the profession, helping to improve their understanding of sports medicine so as to better promote the health of the constituency— professional baseball players.

For more information visit www.PBATS.com.

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Ashley Sutz
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Win a Trip to meet Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas!

Do you have what it takes to challenge NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki? Film your top basketball move for a chance to win a trip to Dallas to meet Dirk in person!

The coolest shots with the most votes will go through to the next round of “Shoot It Like Dirk“. Upload a video of your best shot to see if you qualify.


Get creative and hurry! Entries must be received by February 5th, 2017.

Enter to win at www.shoot-it-like-dirk.com

4 Essential Items for Hitting the Slopes

Pack these 4 Bauerfeind items for an injury-free ski season:

 

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1- WeightFlex® Core, 2- Toe Bank, 3- Heel Cup, 4- Thermoregulating top cover

Bauerfeind Sports Insoles: Ski/Skate $69.99

If you find yourself with sore, tired feet and legs at the end of a long day of mountain runs, these are for you!

For better comfort, more control and less fatigue, try our Sports Insoles for Ski and Skate. The WeightFlex® technology orthotic core supports the foot arches while giving you the flexibility you need to move freely. A large toe bank stretches the small toes for better contact between the feet and shoes while a deep heel cup supports the back of the foot during side-to-side movements, making banking through the snow easier and more comfortable. Lined with a thermo-regulating cover, these insoles insulate your foot to ensure warm, dry feet all day long!

 

knee support

1- Stays in place, 2- Maximum freedom of movement, 3- Light and breathable, 4- Faster muscle control 5- Optimized knee movement, 6- Durable and washable


 

Bauerfeind Sports Knee Support $84.99

Winter sports like skiing and snowboarding can put a lot of pressure on your joints, especially your knees.

The Bauerfiend Sports Knee Support combines 360 degrees of medical-grade compression with the comfort of a knitted brace to provide better circulation, stability and control. The Sports Knee Support’s sleek design is low in profile and features gripping zones to keep it in place, so you can wear it underneath your winter layers without worry.

After a day on the slopes, this support is machine washable.


 

 

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1- Secure fit silicone band reduces migration, 2- Powerful compression reduces risk of pulls and tears, 3- Breathable, moisture-wicking material for comfort, 4- Graduated compression increases circulation, 5- Comes in pairs

Bauerfeind Sports Upper Leg Compression Sleeves $49.99

The thighs work overtime when we’re bending our legs all day long, and at the end of the day we can feel so sore! These Bauerfeind Sports Compression Sleeves come in pairs and can be worn throughout your day on the slopes to reduce inflammation and fatigue.

Powerful compression (20-30mmHg) for the upper leg gives the thigh muscles the increased circulation needed to repair tiny tears caused by exercise and overuse. This increased circulation warms the muscle belly to reduce the risk of injury while the moisture-wicking microfiber material keeping the skin comfortably cool.

All of Bauerfeind’s Sports Compression Sleeves are machine washable and sold in pairs!

 


 

ManuTrain_SkiBauerfeind ManuTrain Wrist Support $121

It’s not just our legs and feet that get a workout while skiing, for some people the arms and wrists can take a beating. If you experience pain or instability while doing winter sports, consider the Bauerfeind ManuTrain wrist support.

For greater stability and reduced joint pain in your wrist, go for Bauerfeind’s ManuTrain wrist support. This support offers 360 degrees of medical-grade compression, increasing circulation, reducing swelling and promoting faster healing to the wrist. Its breathable and moisture-wicking material reduces sweat, and the brace can be machine washed.

ManuTrain comes with a removable rigid stay, adding additional support when needed.

VIDEO: EpiTrain Elbow Support for Jiu Jitsu

Bauerfeind Epitrain Brace Review for BJJ
“Here are my thoughts on the Epitrain elbow brace from Bauerfeind. A really solid compression brace. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.”

 

About the Author:
Dr. Eugene Tsozik, PT has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2008. He is a brown belt under head coach Nick “Chewy” Albin at Derby City Martial Arts in Louisville, KY.

Tsozik has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has been practicing since 2009, specializing in treatment of orthopaedic and sport-specific injuries and conditions. Having dealt with a number of injuries of his own, Tsozik is always looking for new recovery techniques while training.

“I have an interest in training, improving my physical and mental well-being through jiu-jitsu, injury prevention, and love all things grappling, strength training, and MMA.” – Dr. Tsozik, PT

 

To learn more and hear the Jiu Jitsu Therapist podcast, visit: www.jiujitsutherapist.com

 

#BraceForTheRace: Dan Lyne Race & Recovery

45th Annual Portland Marathon Race Recap

After 16 weeks of training, race day has finally arrived! I started the 45th Portland Marathon in darkness with fresh legs, injury free and ready to go on race morning. In this final post, I’ll recap the race, my run and the important recovery in the days after the race. If you need to catch up, be sure to read my previous blog posts detailing my preparation here.

At 7 am, after the National Anthem was sung by all starters, a mix of nervous and anxious energy in the darkness, the race was finally started in cool (low 50s) and wet conditions. The course initially winds through downtown Portland, OR, then takes runners through the city’s industrial areas, over the St. John’s bridge and the Willamette River, back through numerous Northeast Portland neighborhoods, past many cheering supporters, local musicians and finishes in downtown.

Unlike the 2015 marathon which enjoyed low 70s and sunny skies, this year the weather conditions started fair and actually got worse during the course of the race as temperatures dropped slightly with increasing rain and wind. The good news was that none of this stopped 4,539 runners from completing their 26.2 mile journey. Also, the Portland Marathon Half was completed at the same time as the marathon by 2,359 participants.

Middleagemarathoner-PDX-Marathon-BridgeMatthew Palilla of Bend, OR won the race 2:36:25. That works out to be 5:58/mile pace. Although not close to elite, it’s a good time. The winning woman, Kate Landau, of Tacoma, WA was not far behind the leading men. She finished in a very respectable 2:38:45.

My goal, as I trained all Summer, was to finish near or below 3:00. Unfortunately, as discussed in previous posts, I didn’t complete the last few tempo and long runs scheduled for mid-September. This impacted my ability to finish strong, however, I still completed the race in 3:11:34. Which was good for 4th place in the Male 50-54 age group.  The 2018 Boston Qualifier for my age is 3:30, so for the 5th time in as many years, I’ve finished a marathon in well under the Boston standard. I attribute my success to my unique training formula that helps me remain injury free.

My strategy was to start at a comfortable (7:15/mile) pace. After about 3 miles, I felt strong and the pace actually felt slow, so I decided to slightly increase the pace through the 10k.  As I approached the 10 mile point, I refueled with my UCAN (starchy energy drink), water and a gel. This gave me a boost as I comfortably went through the half marathon in 1:32. Although there’s not many spectators on the back part of the course, there’s always a few local musicians or DJs entertaining and motivating runners.  On this rainy day, they were all under canopies.

The rain and wind picked up during miles 13 – 17. The last portion of this segment includes a nearly 250 ft climb up the St Johns Bridge. This bridge is a “killer” for most runners. As you can see in the photo above, I’m very happy to have pushed through the bridge and be able to head downhill. Although my pace slightly declined through bridge and into Portland’s Northeast neighborhoods, my legs really started to feel the burn and the effects of the long run. In 2015, the 3:10 pacers passed me on this bridge. This year, I held them off until mile 23. I had to consume a couple of gels to help me get me through the last 10k, but I triumphantly finished in 3:11:34, about 1 minute faster than my 2015 time.

 

 
stopwatch-153398_960_720Official split times for my race:

5km: 22:21 – Pace 7:12

10km: 43:42 – Pace 7:02

Half Marathon: 1:32:37 – Pace 7:04

17.5mi: 2:05:51 – Pace 7:12

20mi: 2:23:36 – Pace 7:11

26.2mi: 3:11:34 – Pace 7:19

 

I obviously slowed a lot the last 10k (48 minutes) to 7:44 pace.  I wouldn’t say that I “hit the wall,” but my legs were definitely very tired the last few miles.

Post Race Recovery

marathon training stretch bauerfeind_compressionRecovery takes two forms: There’s the immediate actions taken right after the race and that same day, then there’s the recovery process for the next 2 weeks after the race. It’s important to realize that muscles will take a while to heal and proper recovery takes 2-3 weeks, depending on soreness. Even if you don’t feel sore a few days after the race, it’s important to continue a recovery process that includes time off, low mileage or easy running and proper hydration.

Immediately upon finishing the race and receiving my medal, I slowly made my way through tables full of fruit, energy drinks, bagels and other carbs/refreshments. There’s plenty of photo ops and they provided me with a cover up to keep my muscles warm. I continued to hydrate, stretch, get some dry clothes on. Within 90 minutes of finishing the race, I was back home, enjoying a hot breakfast of pancakes, eggs and turkey sausage along with a cup of hot chocolate made with milk for added protein. Besides light stretching, more water and a hot shower, I pulled on my Bauerfeind Compression socks, put legs up and relaxed for most of the afternoon.

The key to quick recovery is consuming lots of carbohydrates and protein, hydrating, and stretching right after the race. I also wore the Bauerfeind Compression Sleeves for 3-4 hours on each of the 2 days after the race.  The day after the marathon, I took an easy 2 mile walk with my dogs.  Over the next 5-6 days I either walked or ran 4 miles easy miles on a treadmill.

The recovery process should continue for at least 2 weeks after the race.  I don’t run more than 6-7 miles until 10 days after the race and only if I feel comfortable.  Otherwise I keep the mileage low and even complete some work on the elliptical.

Next Race

I’m done for the rest of the year. Any races that I participate in will be casual “fun runs” with friends at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  My next race is typically at the end January when I run in the Vancouver Lake ½ Marathon.  I encourage anyone to follow me on Facebook or Twitter – @MidAgeMarathoner.

I also encourage any of the runners of this series to contact me with any questions they may have about marathon training or long distance running. I specialize in coaching middle aged men and women who want to run ½ and full marathons.  I can tailor personalized programs to meet an athlete’s physical abilities. This helps them meet their goals and arrive to the race, fresh, fit and ready to run.

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Dan Lyne
“Middle Age Marathoner”
@midagemarathoner

*This author has been offered free product in exchange for his content, including an honest review of Bauerfeind USA products.

5 Ways to Burn Off Holiday Meals

The period between Thanksgiving and New Years is tough. Food is everywhere and the temptation to indulge can overwhelm even the healthiest eaters. Here’s a list of calorie-burning activities to keep you feeling great this holiday season!

 

hiking_genutrain1. Walking / Hiking (400-500 calories/hour)– After a few days of traveling by car and relaxing inside with family and friends, a dose of the outdoors may be the best way to motivate yourself to stay active until the new year. Grab your Bauerfeind GenuTrain knee support and head to your closest National Park: Find Your National Park Here!

 

 

 

 

WashingtonDC_WashingtonMonument_Bicycle_Bauerfeind2. Cycling (450-750 calories/hour) – This calorie-busting activity is also an eco-friendly way to get from point A to B. Throw on your Bauerfeind Sports Knee Support and pedal with less fatigue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EpiTrain_Tennis-Spielerin_01_g3. Tennis (250-600 calories/hour) – Take advantage of the fall weather by playing a few rounds of doubles. If it’s too cold outside, move to an indoor court! Don’t forget to wear your Bauerfeind EpiTrain elbow support to keep you in the game for as long as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hahnertwins_running4. Running (400-600 calories/hour) – If you missed your chance to sign up for the local “Gobble Jog”, you can still make up those lost calories between now and Christmas dinner. Slip on your Bauerfeind Sports Compression Leg Sleeves and hit the pavement to burn an whopping 400-600 calories/hour.

 

 

 

 

yoga-23465. Yoga (200-350 calories/hour) – Well known for its stress-relieving, restorative benefits, you may be surprised to know that an hour of power yoga can also be quite a workout. Pack your Bauerfeind Sports Ankle Support to give you the stability you need to get through 60-90 minutes of poses. Bonus: Turn up the heat, “Hot Yoga” burns more calories!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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