Sports Orthoses

The care young athletes need from specialists they can trust

We want you to get back in the game as quickly—and safely—as possible.

After an injury, a young athlete sometimes needs an orthotic device, or brace, to get back to the sport they love. These orthoses can aid in recovery, provide protection and support to the injured area and encourage better joint alignment.

Our Orthotics and Prosthetics Program offers custom fitting for a variety of sports orthoses that can keep young athletes active and healthy. We have the only onsite, hospital-based pediatric orthotics and prosthetics fabrication lab in Georgia.

Foot orthoses

Sports orthoses can aid in recovery, provide protection and support to the injured area and encourage better joint alignment.

Foot orthoses are supports or inserts worn inside shoes to improve alignment of the joints in the foot. Proper alignment helps the foot function well, alleviates pain and promotes healing. Foot orthoses are usually molded and designed on an individual basis because every athlete’s alignment is different.

These orthoses are commonly worn by athletes with flat feet, tarsal coalitions (in which two or more bones in the foot are joined) or other disorders that cause foot or knee pain.

They are common in sports like:

  • Track and field
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Baseball
  • Softball

Lumbosacral corsets

Sports orthoses can aid in recovery, provide protection and support to the injured area and encourage better joint alignment.

A lumbosacral corset is a cloth or elastic garment that is worn around the torso and pelvis. It provides support to the lower back with a semi-rigid panel that helps prevent overextension. If the corset does not provide enough support, a more rigid orthosis may be necessary.

These orthoses can be helpful for young athletes with lower back pain from a variety of conditions affecting the lower spine, including spondylolysis (a defect in the vertebrae) or lumbosacral strain (an injury to the muscle tissue in the lower back).

They are common in sports like:

  • Gymnastics
  • Cheerleading
  • Horseback riding
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse

Knee orthoses

Sports orthoses can aid in recovery, provide protection and support to the injured area and encourage better joint alignment.Knee braces are commonly worn after an injury or surgery to give the damaged ligaments support and protection. There are different kinds of braces, but most are made from a combination of metal, foam and plastic.

These orthoses are used by athletes with strains or tears in the anterior cructiate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) or meniscus. They can be prescribed before an injury occurs to help protect the knee.

They are common in sports like:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Hockey

Fracture orthoses

Sports orthoses can aid in recovery, provide protection and support to the injured area and encourage better joint alignment.For some fractures, a brace is worn in place of a cast or after the cast is removed. These braces are often worn by athletes with fractures in the bones of the arm or leg. The brace provides compression to the site of the fracture. It is sometimes worn while the fracture is healing to protect the site of the injury.

They are common in sports like:

  • Football
  • Wrestling
  • Gymnastics

Specialized Care

We work with our Sports Medicine Program to help make sure each athlete receives the treatment they need for their particular sport. Our certified athletic trainers and physical therapists help young athletes use their orthoses properly and avoid similar injuries in the future.

In addition to the orthoses pictured above, our Orthotics and Prosthetics Program provides sports-related braces for a variety of other conditions.

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