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Old 10-12-2004, 06:43 PM
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How to fix a CF ankle brace ...

Hey Guys,
I am NYU grad student, now doing research in Sports Science.

10 years ago I got a serious injury, so now I have to wear ankle brace all the time.
I found ankle brace that is made of a carbon fiber , and I like it so far. The only thing is that it brakes at the joint every 3 month. Probably because I exercise a lot (play tennis in particular).
The price of the brace is 700$ which is quite a lot I think...
Me and my roommate came up with an idea to try to fix it (Since Insurance company will pay for it only once a year) .

So we are thinking of getting CF strips on line and than using either Epoxy resin or Polyester resin.

Since neither of us had an experience dealing with CF, we are not quite sure if that is the right way.

I would appreciate your suggestions.
Thanks,
Alex.

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Help?

these guys may be able to help you with materials..who knows maybe ya got a better mousetrap..

http://www.fibreglast.com/

they have helped me in the past..
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Thanks, I will talk to them...
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Do a search on carbon fiber prosthesis. A short while back there was a special on TV about amputees and on place came up with a CF prosthesis. The only problem was that it kept breaking. He came up with something else that would last considerably longer. Now that I think about it, it may have been on the show Monster Olympics and one of the designer builders was the one that designed the prosthesis as that was his field. I'd search but I'm at work at the moment. I can do it later on this evening to try and help you out.

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Thanks Kevin,
I greatly appreciate your suggestions.
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Still looking for who the guy was, but it was on Discovery Channels Monster Games. If anyone recalls it was the guy that built the spring loaded prosthesis for the guy to try and run faster than the competition. But what he had to do was adapt it so it would fit a normal person and not an amputee. It's the type of prosthesis that designates the leg, ankle, and foot. I know that is what you are not looking for but the way he had to adapt it to a legged person without breaking, is what will be of interest.

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