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Touratech Travel Time 03_2011_en

392 2011 Sport Protection Based on sport medical know-how, Ortema develops solutions which allow (motor) sport enthusiasts to create their in- didivual protective equipment. By defin- ing the six protective areas neck, knee, shoulder/torso, arm/hand, back/hip and ankle/foot, Ortema is able to offer a struc- tured programme. The Sport Protection portfolio presently includes flexible neck supports for the cervical spine, as well as elaborate neck braces made of high performance plastics, protectors for arms, legs, chest and back, reinforced kidney belts, protector shorts as well as braces for elbows and knees, to mention but a few. The K-COM knee brace There can be little doubt, the K-COM knee brace is the flagship among the sport protection products. The K-COM brace supports the knee joint. This brace is not only used by athletes with pre-damaged knees. Numerous enduro and cross riders have discovered the pre- ventive potential of the K-COM. The knee is probably the part of the body most prone to injury during offroad riding The reason is ob- vious: narrow turns or leaning manoeuvres at racing speeds make high demands on the outstretched leg on the inside of a turn. The slightest mistake or unnoticed bump can cause major stressing of the knee joint. This can often lead to overstretching or twisting, injury to the meniscus, torn ligaments, as well as damage to the cartilage. The K-COM brace is fixed to the up- per and lower leg with velcro straps. The titanium and carbon fibre design is fitted with a polycentric joint with exact alignment of axes to the knee joint. As the brace can only be moved in one direction, it protects the knee joint against lateral and radial forces. The extension angle can also be limited to protect against overstretching. Over 20 years of experience are incorporated in the K-COM brace. Follow- ing continuous development and adaptation to research in sport medicine, the latest generation uses high-strength carbon fibre and low-wear titanium guides. Individual steps: 1. Medical history of the knee joint and defining purpose of use. 2. Plaster cast of the leg, measurement of the movement axes at the knee joint. 3. Making a positive model of the leg and knee joint. 4. Fitting of titanium guides encased in carbon fibre tubing to the model. 5.Moulding of carbon fibre brace employing vacuum technology. 6.First fitting of brace to the leg,check of rotating axes and fit.7.Practical test of sport-specific movement and assessment of fit,rotation point,and function of the brace on the athlete. Only elaborate customising can guarantee the perfect function of a brace. Made to measure: the K-COM knee brace 2 3 5 6