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DonJoy Performer Patella Knee Support

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:

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

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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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DonJoy Performer Patella Knee Support reviews

These braces solved my patellofemoral pain while running. In the course of about a year I went from only being able to jog about 1 mile to running my first marathon with a time of 4:15:00. Prior to wearing knee braces I had tried a number of other options including custom orthotics inserts, PT, and new shoes; but I still had very severe patellofemoral pains in both of my knees, even during short jogs. Overall these braces are a little heavy for longer distances, so you might want to try using a strap first. They also seemed to put some extra stress on my hip flexors also. I would definitely recommend them for people who want to run and have tried everything else. - Taylor
This brace is great for tendinitis. I play basketball and my knee occasionally pops and i have horrible pain under my knee. throughout the whole season i had no pain. it is a great brace for sports but if your a big runner it is a little heavy and thick. - AJ

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  • From Stephanie at 3/24/2010 8:10 PM
    • I have dislocated my kneecap on my right knee 3 times now. But I am a long distance runner. Is this the best brace for my situation? Also I have dislocated my left kneecap once but it feels strong. Should I wear the same brace on the left knee as my right when I return to running?
    • The DonJoy Performer Patella Knee Support is a terrific brace for keeping your knee cap aligned during activity. Since you are a long distance runner you might want to look at a lighter weight brace that will be a bit more ideal for running. Have a look at the DonJoy Tru-Pull Lite ( It's primary function is to help with patella tracking while being lighter and cooler than this Performer Patella which is larger overall and therefore supports the entire knee not just the knee cap.
  • From Bobby at 6/7/2010 2:08 PM
    • I am an avid basketball player, and i have patella chondromalacia in both my knees. Will this knee brace provide me with optimal support? Also, as of recent my knees tend to accumulate fluid and swell up when I play sports, will this prevent any additional swelling or help keep everything in order?
    • This knee support would be good choice for your condition. The compression and support it provides to your knee should help with your patella chondromalacia and swelling your experiencing.
  • From Joseph at 2/14/2011 4:33 PM
    • I partially tore my ACL back in November. Spring football is around the corner, wondering if this is a good product to prevent another tare?
    • If you want to have ACL protection during sports, you'll need something desgined to withstand more activity.

      DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Wraparound/Sleeve
  • From Betty at 6/5/2011 7:24 AM
    • I have had reconsructive surgery after tearing an ACL. I am looking to get out of the ACL brace that was needed after the surgery (approx. 15 months ago). Is this a good alternative to the ACL brace, which at this point is a little too much brace.
    • The Donjoy Playmaker or the Donjoy Hinged Knee would be a better choice for your condition and activity level.
  • From julia owens at 7/1/2011 7:50 PM
    • I have sprained my left knee five times, but it feels stronger now since I have done phisical theraphy, but my patella still moves out of place easy. I play soccer alot and need a brace for running and twisting, will this work?
    • Based on your injury and athletics, I'd recommend the Donjoy Tru Pull Lite.
  • From Mary at 7/21/2011 7:13 PM
    • My daughter plays Volleyball and dislocated her kneecap. the Dr. said she may be prone to this in both kneecaps due to how her knees are formed. She had used a J brace, it isnt holding up that well as well as her kneecap doesnt fit into the hole. she has also used a smaller one similar to the True Pull light but the straps stretch so feel loose. does the Performer offer the support the J brace does but maybe this will be easier to put on.
    • No the Perform is not going to provide any more support than the J brace, or the Tru-pull Lite. I would suggest looking at the Tru-pull Advanced System. It is going to provide the most support for the patella.
  • From Rick at 5/25/2012 7:24 PM
    • I play tennis. Can this brace be fully flexed since it has stays on each side?
    • Yes, you can bend your knee normally in the brace.
  • From Danielle at 8/11/2012 2:19 AM
    • I tore my ACL last October. I do not have a high activity level, but will like to change that since I will be starting college next week. I noticed there is an ACL sleeve that is the same price as this patella support, but I didn't know if the ACL sleeve had Velcro straps. The straps are very important as I have an odd shaped leg which did not work well with my bulky brace I received post op. the Velcro straps may help keep this brace in place and will be such a relief as I'm walking.
      Please help. (:
    • You should check out the Playmaker it is designed for ACL instability. Or the custom made Defiance or Defiance III.
  • From Mac at 6/3/2013 7:11 PM
    • Hi, I have had a history of patella subluxations due to a lateral tracking patella, developed chondromalacia and finally had lateral release surgery a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I have increased my weight lifting activity doing more Olympic lifting and began to have flare ups. I need a brace to support my patella and reduce the negative inflammatory effects of chondromalacia flare ups. Do you recommend this knee brace or would the DonJoy Lateral J Patella Knee Brace be a better fit for my weight lifting needs. Thanks
    • Hello Mac,

      I would recommend the Tru-Pull Lite, it provides moderate support and is very comfortable due to its low profile. Its the shortest patella brace we have available. The Performer provides mild support to the patella, and is longer in length.

      Your selection should be based on the amount of support you need, and desirable size of the brace, and type of activity you will be involved in.

      Thanks for contacting Donjoy.
  • From Linda Iannetta at 7/24/2013 4:39 AM
    • I have bilateral knee replacements done 15 years ago. The right knee replacement needs revision of the plastic spacer.But until surgery I need a brace big enough to fit my short ,heavy leg.When I walk or go down steps the right knee bows out to the right.Also the knee will shift left to right when I step down or bend over to tie my shoe.I will be traveling in Sept. in Italy.I will be doing a lot of walking and standing,I need a brace to give me support but also allow me to walk without rolling from side to side.Surgery is scheduled for October. My measurements are Thigh:261/2" ,Knee: 20" and calf :17"Thank-you
    • Hello Linda,

      I recommend the Playmaker in Wrap Around Style, your Quadriceps and Knee are XXL, and your calf is a Large. The Wrap Around will accomodate for the smaller calf size.

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From Michael at 7/25/2013 9:58 AM
    • I have arthritis in both of my knees and just recently started to have some tendonitis/bursitis issues in my right knee from running. The Doctor gave me a DonJoy knee sleeve to wear for a week or two while I rest it and when I walk I have to constantly pull it back up all day. I want to keep things stable when I return to working out. Will this brace help me when I return to working out and running? Also is there any metal in this brace for stablization? I only ask because I work at a place that I have to clear a metal dectector on a daily basis and don't want this to set it off. Thanks.
    • Hello Michael,

      It sounds like you got the wrong size if it is sliding down. We have several options for knee supports, please take a look at the link below to see your options. We do have knee braces with hinges if you would like additional support.

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From A customer at 10/27/2013 6:43 PM
    • My daughter is a cheerleader, a flyer at that, for competition teams. Her knee popped out the past 3 yrs, and then it remains weak until she builds it back up. She eventually goes without a brace once she is strong again. Is this the best choice for full flexibility and movement while supporting her knee cap during one of her 'weak' times of the year? We want to prevent it dislocating while she's practicing and working out.
    • The DonJoy Performer Patella Knee Support would be a great brace to offer stability to your daughter’s knee. The buttress is going to offer her the tracking guidance and security that she needs and still allow her the range of motion needed to practice and compete. Another option to look at will be the DonJoy Lateral “J”. This is assuming her knee cap dislocates to the outside of the leg. Thank you for your question and for contacting DJO.
  • From Steve at 12/19/2013 1:21 PM
    • I have concusive damage to the meniscus in my right knee. It is not a full tear. I have been doing some therapy, but noticed a lot of improvement when wearing a similar brace that my wife had from years ago, the problem is that it is too small and I can only wear it for short periods of time. Would this brace be ideal for helping heal from my condition? What seemed to help about he other brace was the support from the stays on either side and the compression.
    • Steve
      Thank you for contacting DJO. This brace should give you the compression you want but if you want metal hinges on either side you need to order the hinged version of this brace which is available as well. If you have any other questions please let us know
  • From Mark at 12/22/2013 7:01 PM
    • I run around 20 miles per week. I am ACL deficient in both knees. I also have moderate OA in the left knee...medial side. Will this brace act somewhat like an un-loader....or do you have another suggestion.
    • Hello,

      The Performer is a great knee brace for Patella Tendonitis. For your situation I recommend an OA brace which will provide Off-load and will provide stability to the ACL.

      See that attached link for the product recommendation.

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • From Abbie at 1/22/2014 4:05 PM
    • I am a runner currently recovery from a severe impact injury that resulted in a tibial plateau fracture. While my knee itself did not suffer damage, I'm currently still swollen after four weeks since the accident occurred. I'm in no condition to start running again, but feel that I would benefit from a knee brace when I'm finally given the green light. Would this brace be beneficial for someone such as myself.
    • Abie
      Because of your injury I would suggest the Economy hinged knee Brace. The tibial plateau is part of the knee joint so some type of hinged knee brace would give you support for the knee. You could get the hinged Performer if you have problems with the bottom of your kneecap, since this is a patella stabilizing brace.
  • From Kathy at 2/15/2014 3:49 PM
    • My son has Osgood Schlatters and is also a catcher. We are looking for something that can be worn under his pant uniform. Would this work? How much does it weigh? Is there anything slimmer? He has just developed the problem and we are trying to counter it with PT and shoe inserts and knee braces.
    • Thank you for your question. The DonJoy Performer Patella Knee Support or the DonJoy Cross Strap knee Brace would be good options for the diagnosis of Osgood Schlatter. The DonJoy Performer Patella Knee Support weighs about .88 pounds.
  • From Neal Shanblatt at 2/27/2014 12:30 PM
    • How does this brace compare to the Donjoy Reaction Web knee brace for patellofemoral syndrome?
    • The reaction knee brace has the elastomeric design that will disperse forces on the knee into the muscles of the leg, the Performer gives support around the patella with a U shaped buttress.
  • From Samantha at 4/14/2014 12:20 PM
    • I have suffered from patella subluxations in my left knee three times, the most recent was was two weeks ago. I will have surgery this summer to tighten the tendons around my kneecap. My orthopedic surgeon also discovered that I have arthritis on my knee, which he expects to worsen if I do not have corrective surgery. Which patella support brace would you recommend to someone who is not a runner, but exercises moderately? I am a teacher, so I am standing much of the day, and I need something that will be comfortable, but also offers full support. Thanks!
    • Samantha
      Either the Tru-Pull Lite Knee Brace or the DonJoy Lateral J Patellar Knee Brace: both of these braces are indicated for those who sublux the knee cap. They keep the kneecap in the correct position while walking and doing activities
  • From Nick at 4/19/2014 5:56 PM
    • I am a very competitive soccer player, and I had ACL Reconstruction about 5 months ago. I am going to start competing within the next month to two months and am unsure of which brace to buy. It looks impossible to play soccer in one of these huge braces like the donjoy defiance but a sleeve seems to not be enough. Which one is recommended for soccer players? thanks.
    • Nick
      For someone like you who is only months from a ACL reconstruction, you would need to wear a rigid ligament knee brace. The two choices are the DonJoy Defiance and the DonJoy Full Force Knee Brace. Both of these braces have the fourcepoint hinge which is needed to protect your knee from a re-tear of the ACL. These braces are made for athletes so they can be worn playing soccer or any other sport. The Defiance has a life-time warranty on the hinges and frame, and the Full Force has a 1 year warranty on the hinges and frame. We also offer the Knee Guarentee if you are not a Division 1 athlete:
  • From Ken at 4/26/2014 3:15 PM
    • I play soccer avidly and have fallen twice on my left knee with my knee fully flexed. My patella is tendor/sore, nothing more serious. I'm looking for something that will protect it and provide support. I bought a cheap neoprene sleeve abdwas wearing it when I fell on it again this past week. I play on turf and would like a more supportive brace. What would you recommend,
    • Ken
      A Brace for just some general support I would reccommend the DonJoy economy Hinged Knee Brace: The brace has two metal hinges sewn into the fabric, and will give general support to your knee. You can get this brace in the sleeve version for better fit.
  • From Daniel at 5/6/2014 6:43 PM
    • i have mild arthritis and i really want to get back into soccer now that i have a tournament coming up in two weeks is there a knee brace you recommend?
    • Daniel
      The Reaction Web Knee Brace is great for those who suffer from anterior knee pain caused from mild arthritis. The web design absobs shock to the knee and decreases pain. If you have pain not in the front of your knee but in the joint itself, perhaps a stadard hinged knee brace will be better for you. The DonJoy Economy hinged knee will give you general support and stability.
  • From Theresa Cammarata at 5/8/2014 11:49 AM
    • I have mild grade II chondromalacia involving the patella. I need a knee brace that provides support because my kneecap slides when I bend my knee causing extreme pain. I am not a runner or play sports, and I was wondering if this brace would be good for that? My orthopedic said it could be with or without hinges, it was my choice. I also have mild arthritis due to a previous knee injury, that was repair via arthroscopy last year. Thank you.
    • Theresa
      This brace will work for Chondromalacia of the knee. You most likley do not need hinges in the brace unless you feel that your knees are unstable.
  • From Victoria at 5/11/2014 12:01 AM
    • I was diagnosed with Osgood Schlatter and had surgery to have it removed. Since the surgery I have had issues with my patella tendon. I'm looking for a brace to help with stability so that I am able to still work out, and maybe help decrease pain.
      Which brace do you recommend?
    • Victoria
      Another option besides the DonJoy Performer Patella Knee Support is the DonJoy Reaction Web Knee Brace. The Reaction decreases pain in the front of the knee by absorbing force into the webing of the brace. Take a look at this brace as well:
  • From Lucy at 7/18/2014 5:10 AM
    • I have a weak right knee from an old skiing injury which means that I occasionally suffer from hyper-extension which inflames the knee. I am a tennis player so am looking for a brace that I can wear to play that will prevent hyper-extension. Can you recommend a product please?
    • Lucy
      In order to prevent hyper-extension of the knee is to wear a brace that can limit motioin. We have the Playmaker that comes with extension stops. A 20 extension stop would nee to be placed into the hinge to prevent that snapping back of your knee. For more severe probles with that i would suggest a rigid knee brace. The playmaker or Playmaker II come with the stops they would just need to be installed in the hinge.
  • From Liz at 8/8/2014 12:00 PM
    • I have level 3 chrondromalacia in one knee & level 4 in the other. I suffer as well from severe spinal stenosis & have inflammatory arthritis called psoriatic arthritis in many other joints. The pain in my knees makes walking impossible at times. What braces would you recommend for me? Thanks!
    • The DonJoy Reaction Web Knee Brace is a great brace for those who like you suffer from Chondromalacia of the patella. The web design of the brace helps to reduce force on your knee by dispearsing it into the webbing of the brace and reducing anterior knee pain.
  • From Dana at 9/2/2014 3:57 PM
    • My daughter plays volleyball, do you need to wear a knee pad under this brace?

    • Dana
      You should not need a knee pad with this brace it will give some padding but if she needs more a knee pad could go over it
  • From Juliane at 10/13/2014 2:13 PM
    • My daughter has chronic patella tendonitis. Will this brace give support for that?
    • Yes the Performer knee brace will help with patella tendonitis
  • From Pedro Garcia at 10/19/2014 12:23 PM
    • I had knee surgery three years ago for "acute chondral injury which includes a focal chondral fracture producing a chondral body in the suprapatellar recess as well as chondral delimitation with an unstable cartilage flap" and "mild chondromalacia in the patella, medial and lateral femorotibial compartment" and"moderate joint effi\usion, synovitis, and a wall Baker's cyst".

      I play tennis year round (2-3 times a week), ski one week a year, and have not had problems with my knee. Only little discomfort, no pain, and so I usually wear a sleeve similar to your performer (from CVS) for piece of mind. The sleeve I have is wearing out with compression wrap starting to tear.

      Looking for a replacement. Performer recommended?
    • Pedro
      If you have been wearing something similar to the Performer and it has doen the job for you then the Performer should be your choice. It will give your knee compressioin and support the kneecap
  • From John Veeneman at 10/23/2014 4:37 AM
    • I was diagnosed with a sprained ACL back in April. I have a VERY active job where I walk between 5-10 miles depending on business. Overall I think I'm at a place where my knee is stable it's just getting irritated and swollen. I'm looking for a brace that will provide some support to my knee along with compression to fight the swelling.
      Thanks in advance.
    • John
      I would suggest the DonJoy Playmaker II for you. The brace will give you support for the injury that you had while doing your job but isn't a big bulky brace. The Playmaker has two hinges and can offer the compression you are asking for in the sleeve of the brace.
  • From Tina at 10/27/2014 8:10 AM
    • My daughter plays soccer. A lot of soccer!! She has dislocated her left knee several times the doctor has her wearing the Donjoy Tru-pull lite. She is on her second one in 1 1/2 years. The hole just seems to stretch out and not provide the support she needs. Please recommend something you feel will be better for her.

      Thanks Tina
    • Tina
      We have two other knee braces for that problem. The Don Joy Lateral J knee brace: and the Tru Pull Advanced system: Both of these braces are longer braces and the patellar hole is smaller, so you may not run into the same problem you were having with the Tru-Pull Lite
  • From ks at 10/28/2014 1:08 PM
    • My daughter originally hurt her knee in PE class at school when she was standing on it and turned and heard a pop. She has had PT and the MRI shows no damage or noticeable problems with her knee. I'd like for her to have a brace for competitive dance and soccer, as her knee continues to pop a lot and she seems weak. Which brace would be good to allow movement but still give her good stability and support her knee cap while she builds her strength up?
    • The Don Joy Reaction Web Knee Brace is a good brace for patellar stabilization and will allow full knee motion. It is helpful to people who suffer from anterior knee pain.
  • From Tomie at 10/31/2014 10:50 AM
    • My 11 year old is a cheerleader and has been diagnosed with Osgood Schlatter. I am looking for a knee brace and would like to know if this will work best for as she runs and tumbles during practice ad competitions.
    • Tomie
      The Performer would be a suitable brace for her, another option would be the Don Joy Reactions web knee Brace. The brace is a little cooler and lower profile than the Performer. The brace works to decrease anterior knee pain when force is being applied to the legs.
  • From Cris at 3/8/2015 2:16 PM
    • Hi, I sprained my knee during a basketball game and now I'm in track/field, I sprint and do high jump. I was told I strained my patella the worse and that I hyperextended my knee as well, would this brace be the best option for me?
    • Cris
      Yes this brace will work for you but I would suggest getting the hinged version since you hyperexten your knee.
  • From Lindsey at 3/10/2015 7:36 PM
    • I've had 2 meniscus surgeries and previously had a Breg horseshoe brace for support. The brace is about 15 years old and i'm looking for something new. I train in crossfit, backpack several times a year (100+miles a trip), snow ski, and other misc. sports. I don't always have knee pain and only wear my brace on occassion. I find its most painful when i'm running or hiking downhill, mostly under the knee cap. Would this knee brace be the right choice, or do you have another suggestion that might be a better option?
    • Lindsey
      The Performer brace does have a horseshoe buttress under the knee and will provide support to the kneecap. We also have the Tru-Pull Lite which has a buttress along the outside of the kneecap. This brace will puch the kneecap into the correct position. Both braces support the kneecap but in different ways. I am no sure which one is similar to the one you have been using by Breg. The Tru-Pull Lite is a smaller brace and the material is cooler than the neoprene that the Performenr is made out of.

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