As Dr. Marshall noted, Tiger Paws not only limit the wrist hyperextension that can produce dorsal wrist pain, they also--by design--redistribute the load on the joint. With that in mind, it's important to understand that all growing kids do not have the same joint conformation: While there is considerable variation even among children of the same age, in general the ulna (the smaller bone in the forearm) is comparatively shorter than the radius (the larger bone) in younger kids than in older adolescent or skeletally-mature athletes. Thus a device that correctly redistributes the load in an older athlete (e.g., a girl with a comparatively long ulna) might be inappropriate for a (typical) child or adolescent with a shorter ulna.It's interesting that this MD recommends Tiger Paws for ALL optional gymnasts. I know that is a controversial recommendation among coaches, but his medical explaination does make sense.
I am in the same boat. My dd is a 12 yr old in a 9 yr old body (determined by her Endocrinologist - bone age scan), she is very far from even starting puberty, her growth plates are wide open. She is a L8 this yr and in addition to all the backward tumbling, she has been doing giants for well over a yr and is now doing a Yurchenko vault. The amount of pressure that is being applied to her wrists has definitely increased. My goal is to keep my dd healthy while she is in this sport so that she can last through college if that is what she chooses. I may talk to her coach about the Ezy ProBrace and see if they would allow her to wear it at least for vault. Most braces are discouraged and not allowed in our gym, so at least I could ask and see what they say.Although the Ezy Probrace may have some significant advantages,Tiger Paws seem to be the dominant product in this small niche; I've never seen the Ezy ProBrace--I only learned of the product by reading of some experiments on force transmission in wrist joints. My dd's mild wrist pain is responding very well to a program of rest followed by a gradual return to pain-free activity and limited training hours, but perhaps I'll order the Ezy ProBrace for her--might help. . . . (Also, since my child is an eleven year old in a ten year-old body (radiographs show that, like many gymnasts, her skeletal age is well below her chronological age) with negative ulnar variance, the Ezy ProBrace might be a good match for her--although I'd guess that she will prefer to use just the dorsal wrist support and to leave her palms free.)
I think the Ezy ProBrace was originally developed to deal with the forces of pommel horse work. Since I haven't seen that type of brace, I'm not sure how suitable it would be for female gymnasts. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who is familiar with the use of the Ezy ProBrace for women's gymnastics.So what would they recommend the EZ support for?