When do you perform better—when you feel calm, focused and confident, or when you feel uncertain, distracted and worried?
One hundred percent of readers will answer "calm and confident." Which brings up the real question: How do you do it? As an athlete, how can you feel assured with every step you take on the court or field?
The answer can seem especially elusive when you consider that ligament tears are one of the most common—and most devastating— injuries in sports. They are more likely to occur when an athlete cuts, pivots, twists, or otherwise changes direction—which happens all the time in pretty much every sport. Even ping-pong players are at risk.
That risk is raised exponentially in contact sports like football. Indeed several of the NFL's top players have suffered career-threatening knee injuries. Some of those players, like Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, have come back even stronger.
How do athletes find that confidence—and how can you tap into it?
For Miller, self-assurance comes in the form of a strong yet surprisingly lightweight knee brace. Miller suffered a torn ACL toward the end of the 2013 season. During his recovery, he wore the Zamst ZK-7 Brace—the strongest knee support available for moderate to severe injuries to the ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL.
"Taking care of my body is a top priority," Miller said. "Zamst products allow me to perform at a high level through all of the aches and pains of the season."
When Miller steps onto the turf, he knows that with every step he takes, he's protected by the ZK-7's Exo-Tech QUAD 4-way ligament support. This innovative system of straps and resin stays stabilizes the knee and helps guard the ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL. Another special feature provides stability and support to the patella, or kneecap.
The ZK7's reinforcement lets Miller—and athletes like you—stay calm. You don't have to play with your head half in the game, while wondering "what if?" You can perform like the sharp, focused playmaker you know yourself to be, because by strapping on the ZK-7, you've called a max protection formation on all of the crucial tissues in your knee.
Best of all, you can enjoy this protection without losing a millisecond off your step. The ZK-7's Flyweight tech material makes the brace unimaginably light. That, combined with a ROM Tech pre-curved design, ensures you have full range of motion and that the brace won't interfere with your movements on the field. You'll put it on and forget it, so you can focus on executing to the best of your ability on every play.
The ZK-7 offers the greatest knee protection of any Zamst product, helpful for both athletes recovering from an injury and players who want to prevent one in the first place. The brace costs $80 and it's available at Zamst.com.
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