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Should You Wear A Knee Brace?

This has always been the million dollar question! Knee injuries are a fact of life in any sport, but over the past 30-35 years serious knee sprains, usually involving the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), have become an inherent risk of modern Alpine skiing, with more than 70,000 sustained each year by skiers.

The ACL, located near the center of the knee, helps to maintain proper alignment of the load-bearing surfaces. Injury to the ACL can result in an unstable knee, which may lead to expensive surgery or a lengthy period of rehabilitation if the injured skier is to resume an active lifestyle.

Events leading up to ACL injury are subtle, giving the skier little or no warning of impending injury.

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ACL Awareness programs provide three independent strategies for dealing with this lack of warning:

  • Avoid altogether high risk behavior
  • Routinely correct poor skiing technique 
  • Recognise and respond quickly and effectively to potentially dangerous situations

Although there are many ways in which knee injuries can occur in skiing, this eBook concentrates on the two most common scenarios, the Phantom Foot and the Boot Induced.

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Types of ACL

The Phantom Foot ACL

It involves the tail of the ski, a lever which points in a direction opposite that of the foot.

The Boot Induced ACL

The boot induced mechanism occurs when a skier lands off balance to the rear whilst attempting a jump.

In A Nutshell…

There are two key things you need to remember:

  • Don't jump unless you know where and how to land.  
  • Land on both skis, if possible Keep your knees flexed and weight forward.
  • Book an appointment if you're already injured

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Why Do People Choose The Markland Clinic ?

Excellent Quality of Service

We are one of the few clinics in the UK run by a specialist McKenzie therapist.

If you experience back pain with or without sciatica please consult with us. Our job is to help you understand the cause of your pain and how to resolve it as quickly as possible.

We don’t believe in a ‘cookie cutter’ approach where all pain is treated equally and understand that each and every client has their own unique set of challenges and circumstances. Instead, we want you to be able to get back to feeling like yourself again FAST and without the need for unnecessary drugs which only treat the symptoms, but don’t cure the problem.

Where are we located?

You can come and find us at the

Cotswold Leisure Centre,



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