Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday, and while the game was an incredible showing of elite skill, teamwork, and perseverance, ankle sprains also took center stage.
Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, struggled with a high ankle sprain this year. After being tackled during the second quarter last night, fans watched as Mahomes struggled to his feet and limped to the sidelines, unsure if he could get back on the field for the second half.
Ankle sprains occur when someone abnormally bends or rolls their ankle joint, leading to the hyperextension or tearing of the ligaments that hold the ankle together. According to Orthopedic Surgeon MaCalus V. Hogan, the inside of Mahomes' foot rolled outward toward the small toe as he fell during a tackle against the Jaguars. This motion is what stressed his high ankle ligaments.
During the game, trainers used electrical stimulation (estim) therapy. Estim utilizes electrical pulses to send signals to targeted muscles to make them contract, stimulating blood flow and muscle recovery. They also applied additional tape to Mahomes' ankle to help stabilize it for the second half. However, tape has various drawbacks: taping is time-consuming, with most conventional tapes unable to provide sufficient support and withstand the accumulated sweat that naturally occurs during high-energy sports.
What if there was an option for athletes that combines the benefits of tape and ankle braces while eliminating the drawbacks of each? At RheoHero, we're doing just that - a solution for athletes to return to the game with reinforced support against rolls, sprains, and other ankle injuries. We've worked with top athletic trainers, athletes, and physical therapists to design the best bracing solution for athletes. Rheopro is easy to use, comfortable to wear, conforms to your ankle shape, has adjustable support, and stabilizes the ankle without sacrificing mobility.
Our mission? To decrease the number of preventable injuries in sports. Learn more about rheopro braces here.