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DonJoy Performer Hinged Patella Knee Brace - Neoprene

For mild ligament sprains, strains, Osgood Schlatter or patellar instabilities

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Ideal Application:

Recommended for mild or moderate ligament joint pain, sprains, strains, Osgood Schlatter disease or patellar instabilities.

Features Benefits:

  • Medial/Lateral polycentric aluminum hinges
  • Thigh and calf straps provide additional support and compression
  • Sewn-in pad for additional patellar support
  • Compressive neoprene support

Shop our complete selection of knee braces or browse additional DonJoy products.

Take the measurement of your thigh and calf 6" above and below your kneecap using a flexible type tape measure.  Use the diameter you measure here to choose your size.

    Size Thigh Knee Center Calf
    S 15 1/2" - 18 1/2" 13"-14" 12"-14"
    M 18 1/2"- 21" 14"-15" 14"-16"
    L 21"- 23 1/2" 15"-17" 16"-18"
    XL 23 1/2" - 26 1/2" 17"-19" 18"-20"
    XXL 26 1/2" - 29 1/2" 19"-21" 20"-22"

    Center Knee 1.Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, legs slightly bent and leg muscles contracted.
    6 in Above 2. Measure up six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown.
    Thig Circle 3. Measure the circumference of your thigh at the 6-inch mark, as shown.
    6 in below 4. Measure down six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown. Then measure the circumference of your calf at the 6-inch mark.


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  • From joshua at 1/11/2011 3:40 AM
    • How the mobility of this product during a sport like soccer or what is the best brace for soccer
    • This depends on what the brace will be correcting. Please give us a call at 800-553-6019 so that we can ask a few questions about your doctor's recommendation for a knee brace.
  • From Sandy Kerman at 1/20/2011 10:14 PM
    • The hinge are digs into my thigh, but otherwise the brace fits. Can I bend the end of the hinge without breaking it?
    • If the uprights are digging in at your thigh and fitting correctly everywhere else, you can take the upright and pull it slightly out at that thigh portion to see if that relieves some of the pressure of the upright. If that does not work, the brace maybe too small and you may need to look at going up to the next size.
  • From Sammy at 2/28/2012 9:10 PM
    • How do you wash this brace? Can you remove the hinges?

      Is this brace good for 1 month post ACL surgery? I pretty much believe that I need the most comfortable knee brace with hinges.
    • Handwash with mild detergent and air dry. This product is recommended for patella issues not for an ACL injury. For that I would go to the Knee Ligament section, such as the Armor, Fullforce, 4titude, or Legend.
  • From JT at 6/28/2012 7:28 PM
    • What is the difference between this brace and the DonJoy Performer Patella Knee Support? Just the hinges?

    • The hinges, which offer more stability for someone. Both are used for mild ligament sprains, strains, Osgood Schlatter or patellar instabilities, the hinges offer more stability in the knee.
  • From Danny at 3/13/2013 4:32 PM
    • I have moderate MCL strain and mild patella instability.
      Will this work for both?
    • Hello, Danny -

      Yes, this brace will assist is supporting both your MCL and stabilizing your patella.

      Thank you and have wonderful day!
  • From Danny at 3/13/2013 4:47 PM
    • Which size do you recommend?
      My measurements are Thigh= 18 1/4, Knee Center= 14 1/2, Calf= 13 1/2.
    • Hello, Danny -

      We would recommend the Medium.

      Thank you and have a nice day!
  • From DavidP at 5/29/2013 11:48 AM
  • From Cristian at 5/30/2013 2:53 PM
    • Sometimes my knee dislocates when i run and the pain is excruciating. I'm planning to buy a knee brace but i have some questions. Does the knee brace prevents 100% knee cap dislocation? My right knee cap is the knee that always dislocates, but my left knee cap dislocated only once, so should i get it for both knees or just the right? I run a lot and i play soccer. Also which one is better for my situation DonJoy Lateral J Patella Knee Brace or DonJoy Performer Hinged Patella Knee Brace?
    • Hello Cristian,

      Please consult your Physician regarding your injury, they may assist you better. In the meantime I suggest wearing the Tru-Pull Lite during activity. We also has the Tru-Pull Advanced for additional support.

      Have a Great Day.
  • From George at 8/5/2013 5:57 PM
    • My 12 year old daughter is fighting osgood and tendinitis. She is a high level ODP hopeful. Is this a good brace to support her knee and allow her to play.
    • Hello George,

      Someone with Osgood-Schlatters likes the feel of compression on their knee. I recommend a knee sleeve with a horseshoe buttress to apply pressure on the Patella Tendon. The Donjoy Performer is a great choice, with or without hinge. The hinge is used for medial and lateral stability. You can also try a Patella Tendon Strap. These products in conjunction with physical therapy will assist with returning to play.

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From JB at 8/24/2013 11:02 AM
    • My son has had severe patella dislocation 3x during competitive hockey along with mcl strain. We are looking for a low profile patella stabilizer along with rigid mcl support preferably with dual hinges.
      Please advise.
    • JB,

      I would suggest the DonJoy Tru-Pull Advanced System with Hinges. It is our maximum patella support and gives a great pull on the patella to give that needed support. For even more support, we also have a Tru-Pull Advanced Attachment that can be fitted onto any of the DonJoy Rigid frame braces. This would not be as low profile of option, but I did just want to let you know it was another great support option.


      Have a great day!
  • From Sharon at 9/24/2013 10:58 PM
    • Just wondering the difference between the hinged and non hinged version of this brace?
    • Sharon,
      The DonJoy Performer Hinged Patella Knee Brace has a few differences from the DonJoy Performer Knee Brace. The Hinged Brace has up right hinges on either side of the knee adding support to the joint capsule and supporting structures. This model also has a thigh and calf strap for additional support and compression. Lastly this brace also has a sewn in patella support for instability of the patella.
      The DonJoy Performer Knee Brace is a sleeve style brace for mild arthritis, sprains, strains and relief from inflammation and joint pain. The DonJoy Performer Hinged Patella Knee Brace is recommended for mild or moderate ligament joint pain, sprains, strains, Osgood-Schlatter disease or patellar instabilities.
  • From Lucy at 9/25/2013 6:33 PM
    • In the instance of weight lifting and work outs, does this knee brace allow you flexibility to squat and lunge, or will it (with the hinges) restrict the amount of bend in the knee?
    • The hinge will not prevent you from being able to flex or extend your knee. They will add support to the structures on the medial and lateral side for stability.
  • From Keven Chugg at 10/16/2013 12:08 AM
    • I have an oblique tear of the medial meniscus in the prosterior horn reaching the prosterior surface of the medial meniscus and some additional tiny radial tears. I will be having an operation to correct this but in the mean time it is getting more difficult to walk. Would this brace suit until I have my operation to give added support to my knee?
    • Kevin
      Thank you for contacting product support. If you feel like you are having pain around your kneecap, this brace will help. It is used for patellar support. If your knee feels as if it "gives out" you might want to try a hinged knee brace. Take a look at the DonJoy Deluxe Hinged knee brace and the Economy hinged knee Brace. or here Both of these braces have medial and lateral support and you can get either one in a sleeve so there will be a little patella femoral support.
  • From Annie at 1/1/2014 8:43 PM
    • I've been having trouble with mild patella dislocation after ligament damage a year ago and am about to go skiing for a week - is something like this brace or the unhinged version suitable for skiing? I just want something to basically keep the knee cap where it's supposed to be.
    • Annie
      The Performer would be ok to ski in but a better choice would be the DonJoy Tr-Pull Lite: The Tru-Pull is indicated for those who dislocate the patella and will help keep it aligned while skiing
  • From tony hawkins at 2/2/2014 2:11 PM
    • is it good for football for semipro
    • The brace can be worn for playing sports
  • From Bria Fairley at 2/15/2014 5:00 PM
    • I Play Basketball & Run track , when i condition , my right knee dislocates , And i also have a torn maniscus , would This Brace Be a Good Brace For Support ?
    • Thank you for your question. This would be a good brace for you.
  • From Jason Hartsig at 3/5/2014 7:54 AM
    • With my measurements the small brace was suggested via your website. I just received it in the mail and it fits good but feels tight behind the knee when my knee is bent. Is that normal or should I have the next size up.
    • Jason
      Unfortunatly this can happen because of the fabric behind the knee, somtimes because of the thickness of the neoprene it gathers in that area. So to answer you question it is normal, but if it is uncomfortable you do have 90 days to retun the brace and exchange for something that has a popliteal opening behind the knee. The Procare Patella Stabilizer
      or the DonJoy Deluxe Donut Knee Support
  • From Charlotte at 4/7/2014 6:30 AM
    • Can you play sport in this brace? Because I have trouble playing sport and evryday activities.
    • Yes you can play sports in this brace
  • From Andrew at 5/23/2014 9:01 AM
    • not ready to invest in the 500+ models and too bulky. Is this brace good for mild stability during football with no preexisting injuries other than knees just being "sore" after long practices and games.
    • Thank you for your question. This brace has hinges which would give some support to your ligaments as well as a buttress to support the patella. It will provide you with some warmth and compression as well which could help cut down on your soreness. This brace sounds like it would be a good option for you.
  • From Andrew Smith at 5/30/2014 7:12 PM
    • I'm looking for a stable knee brace for water sports, is this the product for me?
    • you can wear this brace in the water but it is neoprene so it will eventually collect water and get heavy. Either a rigid nee brace would work depending on what your knee problem is or the DonJoy Reaction might work better since it is made of a rubber type of material and mesh in the back
  • From elaine at 7/17/2014 5:10 PM
    • I have patello femoral syndrome is this a good brace for this?
    • Elaine
      Yes the DonJoy Performer Knee Brace is a good brace for patello femoral syndrome
  • From Sam at 7/18/2014 7:07 AM
    • I have Osgood Schlatters. The patella tendon strap just doesn't work for me (it kind of makes it feel worse). Will this brace help subside the pain.
    • Sam
      You can try the Performer Patella Brace. It has a buttress that will go underneath the kneecap and may be less painfull that the strap was.
  • From mike c at 8/31/2014 3:11 PM
    • I have a similar brace that needs replacement and I'm looking for options.

      I like what I see, but I want to know if the hinges can be removed?

      The one I use now has hinges, but the brace is uncomfortable to wear for hours with the hinges; and it does help a lot without them.
    • Mike
      I do believe that the hinges can be removed.
  • From Elizabeth Smith at 10/8/2014 10:39 AM
    • Currently my daughter is using a dual strap knee brace by Muellers for tendonitis but the quality of the velcro is poor and only lasted 1/2 of her cross country season. Would this product be a good alternative. She needs to be able to have full motion, lightweight and of course be able to run in it.
    • Elizabeth
      This brace would work for your daughters knee. Another option is the Reaction Web Knee Brace. It is a little lighter, cooler and lower profile.
  • From Bill at 11/11/2014 10:16 AM
    • My daughter plays volleyball all year around and has patellar pain just below her kneecaps. She has used a strap and it supplies some relief. Would a brace be better and, if so, what brace do you recommend for this problem? Should it be hinged or not? Thank you.
    • The DonJoy Performer would be a good choice for a knee brace. The brace provides a patellar buttress around the knee cap to reduce that discomfort. Another option would be the Reaction Web Knee Brace. The brace absorbs force around the knee cap and dispearses it within the webing of the brace decreasing pain.
  • From Chase at 12/22/2014 3:06 PM
    • If u have bad knees at the age of 15 and play baseball. Ive have been a catcher my whole life and its hard for me to bend down on my knees, but i still want to catch. Should i buy this product??
    • Chase
      The Performer knee brace will provide stability around the kneecap, so if you have pain in the front of your knees then this brace may help however the back of the braces may bunch up behnd you knees shile squatting. another brace to take a look at would be the Reaction Web knee brace. This brace is a little less material behind the knee but will provide relief to anterior knee pain.
  • From Nick at 2/25/2015 10:39 AM

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