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(R)evolutionary knee protector developed

Tuesday, 19. February 2013

Lindsey Vonn's grave injury during the Alpine Ski WM in Schladming demonstrated it, studies verify it: Knee injuries are the most common in skiing and take the longest time to heal. Although there are good sports orthoses that demonstrably prevent knee injuries, they are not usually worn by athletes. Reasons are (subjectively) reduced performance due to straps, limited mobility, and the bulk of the ortheses.

This is bound to change: In Schladming, Innovationsmanufaktur and its project partners presented a brand new protection for Alpine Skiing: an innovative knee orthesis, which provides maximum protection, freedom of movement, and excellent wearing comfort due to its individual 3D fitting that takes into account each athlete's muscle volume and how it changes with movement.

The project was initiated by DSV (the German Skiing Association), is funded by the Federal Ministry for Sports Science, and managed by Innovationsmanufaktur. Members of the group are scientists from TU München, experts of the Olympiastützpunkt Bayern, Alpine Skiing head coach Karlheinz Waibel, production experts of phoenix GmbH & Co.KG and experienced orthopedics technicians of ORTEMA GmbH. Together they have been researching for more than two years.

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