SKI & BOARD ADVENTURE
TESTED: NEO-G SHOULDER SUPPORT
"Everyone was telling me not to go skiing," says 30-year old Charlie Kimbell, who dislocated his shoulder just 3 weeks before he was due to head for Meribel in France. "What if you fall over and do some real damage, they said to me, but I thought that could happen in the street so I wasn't about to give up my ski holiday."
This is often the case with an injury. Sometimes it's just a small niggling ailment which won't prevent us form activity on the slopes but the possibility that we might make it worse is always there at the back of our minds. In Charlie's case, he wanted some support for his shoulder that would at least ensure he had a small measure of reassurance so he wore a Neo-G shoulder support. His verdict? "It was brilliant. When I first put it on it felt really tight. A strap comes around the body and the underarm. Initially it started to ride up and I thought this is going to be uncomfortable, but it the end I wore it over a base layer and it was fine. I didn't think it was going to fit under my jacket but it did."
Charlie says that wearing the support gave him the confidence to ski as he normally would. He even fell over a few times, but with no ill effect. He adds, "I don't think it would stop another dislocation but it was certainly better than nothing. Once it was on I didn't feel it restricted my movement at all and I didn't notice I had it on." Any downsides? "It did get very sweaty," he says. "But it washed and dried very quickly."
Just as well, we don't want to stink the bar out while we're drinking our Vin Chaud.