Functional Braces And Its Effects On The Body

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Functional braces reduced the abduction angle in the knee when forces were applied at 0 degrees of flexion, while prophylactic knee braces had no effect on joint movement. In functional bracing conditions at a knee flexion of 30 degrees, the abduction angle reduced from 0 percent to 22 percent. When prophylactic braces were applied, there was no change in the angle, suggesting that there was no effect between the non-braced and prophylactic braces conditions.(4/568) When the MCL was intact, neither condition of braces had an effect on the ACL load when force was applied. The MCL load was decreased by functional braces but not by prophylactic braces when force was applied.(4/570) While the force conditions in this study did not exactly simulate the contact received during athletic competition, they were accurate representations of the minimal force applied during these events.(4/569) According to the results, most functional braces are effective at reducing impact on the MCL and ACL when force is directly applied, while prophylactic braces had little to no effect on force reduction to the ligaments. Additionally, when force was applied to the ACL, the load increased significantly above the force levels found in a functional brace or non-braced condition. This suggests that prophylactic braces might actually contribute to knee injuries when force is applied to the ACL, but further research is need to prove that hypothesis.(4/569) Furthermore, Grace et al. found that
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