Why Wearing Knee Braces for Football is Important

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

It wasn’t until I started playing flag football that I realized how much strain the knee undergoes. I grew up playing high school basketball, and I know how risky that sport can be for the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). But when I started football, I figured, “Hey, it’s flag football, at most I’ll just get a couple of bruises or scrapes.”

I had no idea it would result in knee surgery and a one-year recovery.

I’ve witnessed a few injuries during flag football, and surprisingly enough, many of them were non-contact. One of my teammates simply made a sharp turn during a drill at practice, and suddenly went down to the ground in pain. No one was even near her!

My own injury had some contact… but not much. All I did was block a girl to create a lane behind me for our receiver. I didn’t step wrong, or do anything out of the ordinary. The simple impact of her body against mine tore my ACL from my thigh bone, tore my meniscus, and fractured my shin bone. (Sorry if that’s a bit graphic… it’s what happened!)

I can imagine how much more intense it is during regular football instead of flag. That’s why I’ve started encouraging my teammates and other football players to wear football knee braces.

It’s well worth it to make sure you have as much protection as possible when playing a contact sport like football. Check out the football knee braces recommended by the brace coaches at BetterBraces.com!

Great Deals on Football Knee Braces

One of the primary areas of injury during football is the knee. That’s why even professional NFL players wear knee braces, such as the DonJoy Defiance III, a custom knee brace designed to your specific measurements. Knee braces may help prevent ligament tears, such as football PCL and ACL injuries, or other injuries such as bursitis, inflammation and tendonitis.

We offer the best knee braces for football, as well as some great deals to make sure you’re getting value with your protection.

  • Free standard shipping on all orders – a great deal!
  • 90-day money back guarantee: Try your knee brace at no risk with our money-back guarantee (does not apply to the Defiance III because it’s custom shaped to your leg)
  • DonJoy is the leading brand in knee protection, specifically used by professional athletes.
  • Knee Guarantee – We’re so confident in how well our knee braces protect your leg that we have an additional guarantee to help pay toward surgery if you re-injure your knee while wearing our braces.

If you’re looking into knee protection with football knee braces, check out our hand-picked selection and know that you’re getting the best value for your health! (And shop our football braces for other areas off the body, too.)

Back To School Means Back to Football

It’s almost time for back to school, which means it’s time to get ready for football season!  For many student athletes who play football, this time of year represents intense training to get prepared for the regular season. As football kicks off, injuries are also on the rise. Check out these braces for football which help make sure you stay safe on the field.

Football Knee Braces – The knee undergoes a lot of strain during football. Many professional NFL players wear knee braces to protect themselves from season-ending injuries such as football ligament injuries or knee strain. We provide some of the leading braces for football, so check them out today!

Football Ankle Braces – As with any contact sport, the ankles undergo lots of stress during football. Wearing football ankle braces may help prevent these injuries and lend the ankle added support during those sharp turns and intense competition.

Football Shoulder Braces – For football athletes, a healthy shoulder is critical to playing the sport well. It’s used for throwing, receiving, blocking and tackling. Check out these shoulder braces for football to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect your assets.

Football Wrist Braces – Repetitive throwing and catching can strain the wrist, which is why wearing wrist braces for football is extremely important. They can also protect your wrists when you tackle someone (or get tackled!)

Football Back Braces – The back is a very powerful part of the body, and it’s no surprise that it takes an active role when playing football. Protect your back by wearing back braces for football and stay in the game longer and with more confidence.

Football Elbow Braces – Even the elbow gets involved during football… taking the brunt of falls and being a key part of every tackle. Keeping the elbow healthy is especially important for quarterbacks, who may encounter repetitive stress injuries from constant throwing.

Football is an intense sport, but also extremely fun when you’re healthy. Stay safe on the field and check out these football braces today!

Soccer Ankle Injuries

Soccer ankle injuries such as ankle sprains and ankle strains are very common. All it takes is stepping on uneven ground or on another player’s foot, and you can roll your ankle.  Sometimes soccer athletes go up for a header and land precariously on their feet, leading to further ankle injuries.

Wearing soccer ankle braces can help prevent injuries on the field. Combined with regular training, ankle braces can keep you healthy through the whole soccer season. Here are some of our top soccer ankle braces:

DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace – Often heralded as the best soccer ankle brace, the DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle does exactly what its name says! It’s especially lightweight so it won’t inhibit movement.

Aircast A60 Ankle Brace – This brace comes with stabilizers at each side of the ankle, supporting the ankle at its weakest points. One of our bestsellers!

Aircast Airsport Ankle Brace – This brace is great for soccer and other sports as well. The Aircast Airsport is versatile, and supports your ankle and foot with unique cushioning aircells.

Don’t skimp on ankle protection when you play soccer — check out our soccer ankle braces today!

Tips for an ACL Knee Injury

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

This week one of the teens I mentor injured her knee.  Based on her symptoms, there’s a possibility that it’s an ACL tear, though we won’t know for sure until she has an MRI.  She currently plays high school basketball and reminds me a bit of myself when I was her age. She hurt her knee after making a layup and heard a pop when she landed on her feet.

After her injury I had the opportunity to share with her about my own ACL tear experience, and give her advice on her possible ACL injury. Here were some of the tips I gave her:

RICE Method – Like many other injuries, immediate treatment for a knee injury usually begins with the RICE method… rest, ice, compression and elevation. These four things help to minimize swelling and improves the time it takes to get back on your feet again.

Wear a Knee BraceACL knee braces help with stability so you don’t injure yourself further. They also make it easier for you to move around. ACL knee braces are also helpful in preventing re-injury, especially supports with technology like the DonJoy Armor Fourcepoint.  Its special hinge is proven to help prevent over 50% of non-contact ACL injuries.

See Your Doctor – I think a lot of people try to self-heal at home, but going to the doctor gives you peace of mind. You’ll know whether or not you have torn a ligament and they will lay out all the treatment options. Surgery is not always necessary.

Strengthen Your Muscles – The leg muscles surrounding the knee are a key factor in helping prevent knee injuries from occurring in the first place. Once your doctor gives you the green light to start working out again, go for it! You can even do a session or two of physical therapy and ask the therapist to show you some key strengthening exercises you can do on your own.

I’m not a doctor so if you’ve injured your knee, you should see a physician. These are just some tips shared with me that I passed on to someone going through a similar situation… and so far they seem to have helped!