Craig J Hubbard the inventor of the KiSS tape/brace hybrid ankle system says his product can prevent sprains and save sporting organisations millions of dollars.
Since June this year, Hubbard’s Kinetic impulse Suppression System (KiSS) has been introduced at FCB Barcelona, two Major League Baseball teams, two NBA teams as well as the ATP and WTP.
Hubbard, whose been working on ankle injury prevention for 20 years said his KiSS system can revolutionise the way ankle injuries are prevented.
“My ankle system is the best in the world,” he said.
“The Kinetic impulse Suppression System (KiSS) is the first designed with ‘medical intent’ and used during rehab to early mobilise acute injuries and provide ‘optimal loading’ for ligament and cartilage repair.
“It just happens to, by necessity, be able to prevent as well.
“It’s a soft tape/brace hybrid, hand-made in Australia from kangaroo leather, that anchors on like tape, without adhesives, like a starfish anchoring onto a rock.
“It weighs three ounces and fitted correctly, you virtually can’t sprain your ankle by rolling it."
Hubbard believes that by wearing his ankle system for prevention it will eradicate the ankle sprain from most sports injuries.
“If Tim Cahill was wearing this when he got injured before the World Cup, he would not have sprained his ankle,” he said.
“The short- and long-term costs of lateral ankle sprains is the highest health cost globally for any joint injury, costing over $6.2 b annually in the US alone, most of which goes to Physiotherapy.
“Because once you have rolled one you are predisposed to further injury and arthritis.
“At the moment they are using tape or restrictive braces on your ankle when you have an ankle sprain injury but it’s never been shown to lead to ligament repair.
“What it does lead to is a long term disability. Gabriel Batistuta could not walk after retiring and wanted his ankles amputated.”
Hubbard revealed that unlike the current measures that are in place his invention is not as restraining on the ankle.
“It does not change the natural ‘universal joint’ function of the ankle which is important to the ‘drive train’ of high performance athletes,” he said.
“If have ever had your ankle tapped or braced it is all based around restricting the movement of the roll out motion and it’s not until you get to the limit of that that you can hurt yourself.
“What my ankle brace does is allow you to have that range of motion and store that energy such that when you get to the end range of motion you can’t go any further.”
After displaying his ankle system in front of NBA teams at the Sports and League Conference in Melbourne earlier this year Hubbard then took his invention over to the US and Europe.
After releasing the system globally at the FIFA FCB Isokinetic Medical conference at Camp Nou in June, he trained Ankle surgeon distributors in Europe and the US before later returning to visit the 76’ers and the Spurs.
“At the Sports Analytics World series in August I stood up in-front of the audience and showed how my brace is able to absorb the force of a 5 kg bowling ball which I dropped on me,” he said.
“The next day I targeted the two NBA team doctors from the Philadelphia 76'ers and San Antonio Spurs Xavi Schelling and the 76’ers doctor David Martin who said, “you’re the bowling ball guy” after someone had taken a video and showed him.
“Two weeks later I was invited back to the US where the Sixers Dr Martin, head of performance research, introduced me to the new Head physician Dr Daniel Medina who was previously Barcelona’s Head Doctor.
“I was also introduced to Coach Brett Brown and fitted a KiSS on the entire Physiotherapy team before flying onto San Antonio to meet with the Spurs medical staff.
“I then introduced the system at FCB Barcelona and since June we have ‘KiSSed’ two Major League Baseball teams and two NBA teams.
"As well as several soccer teams including FCB, Benfica in Portugal, Phoenix Rising in the USL and a pair is also with the US Women’s national team player Alex Morgan’s medical team.
“I even set up an ATP/WTP Physiotherapist who was visiting the 76’ers and sent her back to the US Open with a KiSS and the knowledge of how to use it.”
But when it comes to selling his idea to local sporting teams Hubbard revealed that it’s easier to make inroads overseas.
“Unfortunately no-one in the Australian, tape and physio dominated professional sport industry are prepared to look at my ankle device, except ankle surgeons and researchers like our Industry Partner Sydney University,” he said.
“Where there are no tape sponsors and the decision makers aren't reliant on injury and sponsorship, things are very different.”
“That's a shame as the long term ‘costs’ of ankle sprains will eclipse ‘concussion’ if Professional sports continue to ignore ‘safer’ systems for their athletes.”
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