NFL players who wear orthopedically are doing well, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison analyzed more than 3,000 NFL players from the last four seasons.
They found that players wearing orthopedicals have a greater likelihood of returning to play after surgery.
“It is clear that players who have had surgery on their knees have higher return rates, and the higher return rate, the better their knees are,” study lead author Dr. Michael Zelman said in a press release.
“This is a result of improved knee joint function, which may help players avoid some of the adverse consequences associated with injuries sustained from repeated and repetitive activity.”
The study also found that those who play in the NFL tend to be younger and have fewer problems with their knees.
That’s why orthopedists are so much more focused on players with lower body injuries.
“These findings suggest that the risk of knee injuries is lower among NFL players,” Zelman wrote.
“The greater the number of joint injuries among NFL football players, the less risk they have of sustaining knee injuries.”
The NFL will be rolling out a new injury prevention initiative this season, and it’s expected that the league will be the first to start using the technology.
The league has made it clear that it doesn’t want players with knee injuries getting hurt by the devices.