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Can this British marvel banish knee injuries forever?

By Kelvin Doyle



The Skiing season is upon us and with it brings the risk of thousands of serious knee injuries. Last year on the continent over 120000 ski related knee injuries were recorded leaving a massive drain on Europe's national health services. Many ski holidays have been ruined by this debilitating problem. This is nothing new. Knee injuries have plagued man since he first learnt to ski. It is a graphic fact of every skier's life. The distressing thing is that a large percentage of these injuries could have been prevented if effective protection was available at the time.



Thankfully British Company Doyle International ltd. has finally solved this vexing problem. Given "millennium product" status by the UK Government to celebrate best of British innovation, it's Defender-Pro kneebrace unit has taken the alpine ski world by storm with a clientele that is literally a who's who's of the ski fraternity. Units have been supplied to over 60 World and Europa cup members including many current Olympic and ex world champions.



This British designed, engineered and manufactured product has propelled Britain to the forefront of injury protection technology. It has been feted by the ski world's elite. "Although generally accepted as a kneebrace, the Defender Pro is in fact an Exo-Skeletal Knee" says Managing Director Kelvin Doyle. Sitting on top of the knee area Mr Doyle claimed that unlike normal kneebraces which do not provide full protection "the Defender Pro mimics the natural movements of the knee, preventing any movement which may damage the knee area and it's ligaments". This is the most advanced kneebrace in the world utilizing the latest in materials technology and combining the disciplines of biology and physics. The Defender cost 1 million to develop and was the end result of a seven year collaboration between Doyle International Ltd, the University College of London and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, each partner bringing their own brand of expertise in realizing this development to fruition. A boost to the project was provided when a government agency quickly realized the export potential of the Defender-Pro and awarded Doyle International a $125000 research grant (largest of it's kind ever awarded) to ensure that this idea left the drawing boards. "The Defender-Pro's contribution towards the prevention of sports injuries is unquestionable" says Mr Doyle, "right from the beginning the Defender Pro was designed with one aim in mind - extreme protection for the knee whilst maintaining complete freedom of movement. This was a daunting task as such a device had never before been produced, however we found that the technology existed at the time to turn this distant dream into reality"



The kneebrace's credibility was raised when Dieter Bartsch, current head coach of the Swiss Alpine Ski team enthusiastically claimed that the "The weakest anatomical point in skiing is the knee and it's ligaments. It's a great breakthrough, the Defender Pro is the only hope for the future of Alpine Skiing."



Clearly there has been a big demand for this kneebrace. Eight leading national alpine teams have placed orders for the Defender, including the Swiss national alpine ski team. In fact the Swiss Ski Federation recently gave a ringing endorsement for the Defender by announcing that Doyle International is now an official supplier to it's national team as well as an official Swiss Alpine Ski Pool member, part of an elite group of companies that includes Swiss Air and Audi, a remarkable achievement for a small company.



Skiing superstars who have been won over by the Defender Pro includes the darling of Swiss skiing Sonja Neff, the great Alpine skier Pernilla Wiberg and double world champion Hege Johansson.



The Defender Pro is held in such high regards by the ski world's elite and by other ski enthusiasts that it will be foolish to ignore Defender's potential, for quite possibly it can shape the way athletes and leisure skiers train, race and ski. Indeed the advent of this kneebrace could see the banishment of injury-ridden ski holidays forever!

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