Sakima Prosthetics develops knee braces specifically for sports
April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Wu Li Jun
Sakima Prosthetics and Orthotics, which manufactures and sells prosthetics and orthotics, has developed “CB Brace CarBonee LightSports.” This joint brace is to be worn during exercise to prevent injuries and decrease the stress on knees. With this, the company hopes to enter and gain momentum in the sports industry. Up until now, the world’s lightest knee brace, “CB Brace,” which was also developed by the same company, was sold as a brace for medical treatment to help with problems and/or disabilities related to knees. However, this new CB brace model aims to attract a new set of customers, such as sports enthusiasts. According to a representative from the company, it is rare even in Japan to find joint braces specifically for sports.
At the end of this month, the company plans to hold an information session at a prosthetics and orthotics braces company in Okinawa to expand the retail stores that will sell their products. Going forward, the company will consider mass production and aims to expand coverage to all of Japan.
Each “LightSports” model is about 180 grams, supports the knee very well, and reduces the amount of damage done to the joints during exercise. Using a band created from a new material used for sportswear that has excellent flexibility, the brace can be placed directly onto the skin and still remain comfortable. Compared to the “CB Brace” that is for medical treatment, this new brace is less likely to slide down, good at tracking the body’s movements, and has improved durability.
Additionally, the brace lessens pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee, light cases of ligament injuries, and light cases of meniscal lesions of the knee. Not only that, the braces can also be worn by people without knee problems in various sporting and outdoor activities. For example, marathons and hikes where stress on the knees is high or golf that many elderly people enjoy as a lifelong sport. The brace will support and promote developing physical strength through sports without the worry of getting injured.
President Sakima said, “With the spread of the new product, [we] hope to improve people’s motivation to exercise. Moving forward, we plan to introduce it to sports associations within Okinawa and golf organizations outside of Okinawa in hopes of attracting a new set of customers.”
(English translation by T&CT and Chelsea Ashimine)
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