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Playmaker II Knee Brace


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New Improved Playmaker! Playmaker II. Immeasurable comfort. Ideal for mild to moderate ACL, MCL and LCL instabilities.  Read More

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Features & Benefits:

Immeasurable Comfort
Hi10™(high tenacity nylon/spandex fabric) offers unmatched comfort and fit
ROM Excellence
DonJoy's proven DIII hinge brings a custom design to manage ROM options
Trusted Brand
As the market leader for over 30 years, Playmaker II is yet another installment of a proven and trusted brand
"Cooler" Experience
DonJoy's New Advanced Spacer fabric promotes a "cool" environment for activities on all levels
Just Plain "Easy"
Molded strap tabs allow quick and easy strap adjustments to deliver a secure and comfortable fit. (Only available on the Drytex material)
The straps are positioned to enhance the support of the ACL. Learn how Four-Points-of-Leverage works.
Sleeve Vs. Wraparound
Sleeves require you to remove your shoe and slide the brace over your foot. Fits more snugly and stays in place. Once it's on it's requires little adjustment. The negative of a sleeve is it doesn’t work well over pants. Wraparound braces are easier to apply especially for those with less hand strength and can be worn over thin pants. The velcro can be tightened or loosened for a more adjustable fit. Great for users who can't bend over as well and have trouble getting a sleeve on or off. The negative of a wraparound brace is the velcro can loosen during activity requiring a quick tightening of the Velcro.
Neoprene Vs. Spacer
Neoprene has a more compressive and warmth capability than Spacer. The Spacer material is ideal for patients who have allergies or irritations to Neoprene or live in warm weather climates.

Is the Playmaker II right for me?

For mild to moderate ligament strains, Playmaker II provides the stability needed and comfort required when participating in daily activities. Still not sure? Try our Brace Advisor for personalized product recommendations to meet your needs!

Designed to treat and protect:

  • ACL injuries
  • MCL injuries
  • LCL injuries
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Hyperextended Knee

Best for:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer

The Solution For Mild To Moderate Ligament Injuries

Even mild ligament strains can bring activity levels to a halt. Playmaker II issues the stability needed and the comfort required to empower movement. Playmaker II is the right move, so get your move on! Provides support for hyperextended knee, ACL, MCL, and LCL instabilities caused by injury.

Size Chart & Fit Help

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

    Size Thigh Knee Center Calf
    XS 13" - 15.5" (33-39 cm) 12"-13" (30-33 cm) 10"-12" (25-30 cm)
    S 15.5" - 18 .5" (39-47 cm) 13"-14" (33-35 cm) 12"-14" (30-35 cm)
    M 18.5" - 21" (47-53 cm) 14"-15" (35-38 cm) 14"-16" (35-40 cm)
    L 21" - 23.5" (53-60 cm) 15"-17" (38-43 cm) 16"-18" (40-45 cm)
    XL 23.5" - 26.5" (60-67 cm) 17"-19" (43-48 cm) 18"-20" (45-50 cm)
    XXL 26.5" - 29.5" (67-75 cm) 19"-21" (48-53 cm) 20"-22" (50-55 cm)
    XXXL 29.5" - 32" (75-83 cm) 21"-23" (53-58 cm) 22"-24" (55-60 cm)

    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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  • Samantha at 11/23/2015 10:13 AM
    • I am seeing a doctor in the next couple days but Im pretty sure I hyperextended my knee. I am an athlete. I have issues with spraining ligaments too. Is this the right brace for me?
    • Samantha
      The Playmaker will provide protectin to the knee and it's ligaments and would be a good choice brace for the injury you had.
  • Sara at 11/13/2015 7:13 AM
    • I'm 31 yo with moderate osteoarthritis in one knee. I had ACL surgery years ago, but recently my ortho surgeon says my knee is very stable and the swelling, pain, and stiffness is just from the arthritis. I also play semi-pro basketball. I tend to have swelling above the knee and sometimes behind the knee. Which knee brace or sleeve is best? i would like something that provides a nice compression esp. above the knee or at least keeps that swelling from occuring after playing.
    • Sara
      If you just have general OA then the Playmaker II will provide what you are needing. The sleeve will provide compression and the hinges will provide general support to the knee http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-knee-brace
  • Brian at 11/12/2015 8:02 PM
    • I had an act reconstruction in 2008 and have not worn a brace but have recently injured my knee skiing and now experience some pain and instability skiing. Would the playmaker be a good solution while skiing and also playing basketball?
    • Brian
      You can wear the Playmaker on your leg for those two activities but I would suggest getting the Playmaker II with the Fourcepoint hinge. That hinge will prevent injury better since you previously re-injured your knee http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-fourcepoint
  • Jay at 11/9/2015 8:05 PM
  • Onosa'i at 11/4/2015 2:49 AM
    • I had a acl and meniscus surgery 10 months ago. I've been training and getting the knee strong again. I've torn it while playing football. And I'm looking to play college football. I'm a fullback and linebacker. Will this brace provide me the protection, stability and range of motion I need on the field? And can it handle the contact of other players?
    • If you are going to be playing football you will need a more supportive brace. The Don Joy Defiance is the best brace you can get and it is for contact sports. Another choice is the Don Joy Armor knee Brace
      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-defiance-iii-custom-knee-brace http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-armor-knee-brace-with-fourcepoint-hinge
  • Amy at 11/3/2015 2:57 PM
    • Hello,
      I am 26 years old, and had 2 ACL reconstruction surgeries in the past 2 years. I want to go back into sports again but am scared to. I need to be extra careful, since I don't ever want to go through with surgery and the long months of physical therapy again. Which brace would you suggest for me?
    • Amy
      The best prevention of another ACL tear will be to wear either the Custom Defiance Knee Brace or on of our "off the shelf" alternatives. The Defiance is our premier knee for prevention of ACL injuries. the brace has a lifetime warranty on the frame and hinges and our fourcepoint hinge and four points of leverage strapping system have been clinically tested to prevent a re-tear of the ACL. The patient ready alternative to the Defiance is the Full Force Ligament Brace.
      http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-defiance-iii-custom-knee-brace http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullfource-ligament-knee-brace
  • Thomas at 10/29/2015 9:04 PM
    • I have had 3 surgeries on my right and left knees. I have osteoarthritis in both knees. I am highly allergic to neoprene. What would be my best option for a brace. My profession is, I'm a police officer. http://www.betterbraces.com/knee-braces?bacode=FS14p&gclid=CK_d3KKp6cgCFYMUHwodipwKmQ&injuries=1420

      If you don't want an arthristis brace you have the option of a soft-hinged knee brace for general knee support.

      Feel free to contact us to speak to a brace expert.

      Have a Great Day.

    • Hello,

      Thank you for contacting Donjoy. You have a couple of options based on your diagnosis. First you will need to find out from your physician if you have Medial or Lateral OA. Then take a look at our OA Unloaders. For your profession i would recommend the Adjuster. Click on this link to learn more
  • Emily at 10/29/2015 8:08 PM
    • I tore my ACL in August and will most likely have reconstruction surgery in 2 months. I was just given the Playmaker II by my Orth. the XL was too small so I exchanged it for the XXL and that is too big. Should I try a different type?
    • Hello,

      Thank you for Contacting Donjoy.

      Please contact us to speak to a brace expert. You will need to provide your measurements so that we can determine the appropriate size.

      Have a Great Day.
  • Nina at 10/28/2015 11:12 PM
    • What is the benefit of having a patella donut?
    • Nina
      The patellar donut provides support around the kneecap, if you have kneecap pain.
  • Sheila at 10/26/2015 9:43 AM
    • Will this brace fit under pants leg? As a nurse I need to wear it and not draw attention to my knee problems.
    • Yes the brace should be able to fit under pants
  • beth at 10/26/2015 8:24 AM
    • Would this be a good brace for a fractured fibular head?
    • Beth
      Yes this brace could be worn for that diagnosis.
  • Esther at 10/24/2015 8:25 AM
    • My measurements are: Thigh - 22, Knee - 14 1/2, Calf - 14 1/2. Which size brace would you recommend that I get?
    • Esther
      Try the medium
  • jill at 10/14/2015 9:11 AM
    • Seem to be in btw a medium & large....Can you advise what size for: (6"inches above and below mid patella)
      21 inches at top
      15.5 inches at bottom
      Also, if one is better.... sleeve or wraparound for these measurements.
      Thank you.
    • Jill
      The medium should fit and deciding on a sleeve or wrap around depends on what you are doing in the brace. If you want to play sports in the brace or workout I would suggest the sleeve. I would suggest the Wrap around if you are just wearing for daily use
  • Vic at 10/13/2015 9:53 AM
    • Hey, I had High grade partial Acl tear one month before...and I'm using playmaker for 2 weeks.it gives good support but I feel it's not tight enough to withstand at sometimes.Can I continue using it?
    • Vic
      The Playmaker II gives mild to moderate ACL support and will be sufficient if you are just using if for daily activities. If you want to have support for sporting activities or more vigorous activities then you should be wearing a rigid knee brace to protect that ACL. The Don Joy Full Force is a great choice. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullfource-ligament-knee-brace
  • Rachel at 10/12/2015 5:21 PM
    • Hi, I hope I find you well today. So I tore my acl earlier this year in May, I used to play Field Hockey. I intend on getting surgery done in the near future. At present I am coaching and I play against the girls but I would like to have more stability and feel safe. Would you recommend this brace for me to play with? Thank you.
    • Rachel
      It would be better to wear a rigid knee brace which can be worn after your surgery as well. I would suggest the Full Force Ligament knee brace. This brace will provide support to the knee while playing Hockey and can be used after surgery as well when getting back into your activities. The brace offers protection from further injury. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullfource-ligament-knee-brace
  • michael at 10/8/2015 8:29 PM
    • What is the difference in support with this brace with the patella donut vs. without???
    • Michael
      The patella donut provides support around the kneecap and is used when someone has instability around the kneecap or pain.
  • craig at 10/5/2015 9:04 PM
    • My calf measures 13 1/2 inches and my thigh measures 19 inches. Do you think the small would be the appropriate size even though the thigh might be a little tight??
    • Craig
      These type of braces can run a bit small, I suggest ordering the medium size.
  • Cristhian vargas at 10/1/2015 4:42 AM
    • I recently had MCL sprain (2 weeks ago) , i play high school soccer and I would like to play soccer againbut When i kick or pass the ball with my inside of my foot i feel pain, so do you thing this knee brace would help me with this pain?
    • Christhian
      Two weeks isn't a very long time for that ligament to heal so it will be sore for a while and when you are kicking with the side of your foot you are putting pressure on that ligament. A brace will help protect the ligament but may not take the pain away. this will take more time.

  • Hugo at 9/9/2015 5:19 PM
    • I had ACL reconstruction surgery 9 months ago and I would like to start playing soccer again. I was looking at at the PLAYMAKER II and PLAYMAKER II FOURCEPOINT. I was wondering if one of these is the best option without spending to much money and if so what is the difference between the two. Thank you.
    • Hugo
      If you had ACL reconstruction 9 months ago and want to play soccer, you really should be in a rigid knee brace not a soft knee brace. The rigid brace will offer moderate support where a soft brace such as the Playmaker II will only offer mild protection. The fitst year after the surgery you had is a important time to make sure that new graft is protected. My reccommendation would be the FullForce Ligament brace http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullfource-ligament-knee-brace If you are still thinking about a soft knee brace then the Playmaker II with the fourcepoint hinge would be the better choice. The hinge will better protect the ACL than the hinge on the regular Playmaker II.
  • Steve at 8/23/2015 8:02 PM
    • My son plays on the offensive and defensive lines for his high school football team. I would like to get him knee braces to help protect against potential ligament injuries. He has not had any injuries to this point. Will the Playmaker II serve this purpose? Thanks!
    • Hello,

      Thank you for Contacting Donjoy. The Playmaker is designed to protect the MCL and LCL ligaments of the knee. These ligaments are located on the inside and outside of the knee along the rigid support found in this brace. We also have a Playmaker with a Fourcepoint hinge option which protects the ACL as well. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-fourcepoint
      You can read a little bit about the design at the attached link.

      The playmaker is a great option for a high school athlete.

      Feel free to contact Product Support with additional questions. 888-405-3251.

      Have a Great Day.
  • Eugene at 8/22/2015 1:55 PM
    • Between 1993 and 1995, I had 5 right knee surgeries: ACL Replacement, LCL tear repaired, medial meniscus shaved and smoothed, underside of kneecap ground down and smoothed, 4 plicas had to be removed as well as bone spurs. Military issued me the original Donjoy playmaker to be worn under my uniform and the Donjoy rigid sport brace to be worn over my work uniform. Now I have arthritis issues and will under go scope for scar tissue removal. Is the Donjoy playermaker II still a good brace for me and what hinge: D III. or Forcepoint?
    • Eugene
      If you have a custom Defiance you can get an OA adjustable hinge for compartmental OA. The hinge can unload thae painfull side of your knee. If both side are sore a standard hinge is best for general support plus ligamentous support. The Playmaker II with the stadard hinge would help with general stability but not compartmental OA
  • Sheldon Hamlyn at 8/22/2015 12:07 PM
    • How do I adjust the brace. I recently had surgery to repair my patella tendon and this brace was prescribed for my. My doctor told me to adjust it to a maximum of 45 degrees and adjust ten degree increments every two weeks
    • Sheldon
      The Playmaker II knee brace does not adjust like that. Are you sure you have this brace of could it be something else.
  • Eugene at 8/21/2015 10:56 AM
    • Had ACL reconstructive surgery in 1994. Now have arthritis issues. Have old 1994 Playmaker. Will Playmaker II help with arthritis issues as well as protect ACL?
    • Eugene
      The Playmaker II will provide general support for the knee as well as ACL protection. If you want to unload a particular side of the knee to reduce pain you may want to look at one of our OA Braces. http://www.betterbraces.com/knee-injuries/osteoarthritis-of-the-knee
  • Daniel at 8/20/2015 7:53 PM
    • Hi, I have a torn meniscus in my right knee and a osteochondroma on the bottom of the same knee. The doctor recommended surgery to remove them both and will be done in December. So until then I am looking for a good knee brace. I have been looking at the Playmaker II but need help with the size. My measurements are 16 Knee, 20 1/2 Thigh and 15 1/4 Calf.
      What size do you recommend and would the Playmaker II be sufficient enough for before and after surgery ?
    • Daniel
      You may be able to use the medium if you order the wrap around style. The tend to run a little bigger and it will fit better around the knee center
  • DukieForlife at 8/13/2015 5:56 PM
    • I tore my meniscus 5 years ago during High School, I am now 80% Mencius deficient in my left knee where they could not repair the tear however I completed my HS career and am now playing collegiately. After the injury I was issued a large hinged slide on knee brace similar looking to the playmaker II. However after years of wear and tear it's time for a new brace for the upcoming season, is the playmaker II my best bet?
    • Yes a hinged knee brace will provide you with general knee support and help to prevent the twisting motion that will aggrivate the knee joint. The Playmaker II is a great choice
  • Juan at 8/9/2015 1:36 AM
    • I ruptured my patellar tendon and had surgery to repair it 6 months ago. I was just cleared to go back to work in the oilfield which is a very physical job. I was wondering if the playmaker II would be the right brace for support, or if there is a different brace that you would recommend?
    • Juan
      The Playmaker II would be a good brace to use but you will want to get the brace witha patella donut to give support to the kneecap
  • Mike D at 8/6/2015 6:29 AM
    • I just received MRI results stating that I have a moderate partial tear to the mid region of my PCL. All other ligaments are ok. The injury was about 7 weeks ago. I play shortstop and I've been about 85% during practice with minimal pain and little to no instability. I have no problem with lateral movements. My biggest issue not being able to sprint. I can jog and run about 75%. I have a military national softball tournament next week and I was wondering if the playmaker II would be a good fit for me during the tournament.
    • Mike
      The Playmaker II knee brace will provide mile support to the ACL, PCL and both medial and lateral ligaments of the knee. This would be an appropriate brace for playing softball
  • Anita at 5/18/2015 6:37 AM
    • What is the HCPCS code for this knee brace?
    • L1833
  • Sayan at 5/17/2015 8:01 AM
    • Hi,

      I play basketball and would like knee support while still maintaining performance. I recently had a mild knee hyperextension injury that did not require surgery. Which DonJoy Playmaker II options should I be considering? These are my preferred requirements in order from most important to least important.
      Stability/support/correct fit, performance (light weight), comfort (coolness).
    • Sayan
      The Playmaker II with the spacer material should give you adequate protection for your knee.
  • Maria at 4/28/2015 1:50 PM
    • Hi, what is the length of the donjoy playmaker II?

      Thanks in advance.
    • Maria
      It is 16 " long
  • Andy at 3/23/2015 1:28 AM
    • I tore my ACL and will need to wait 6 months until surgery. Can you recommend a brace that's at an affordable price that can help prevent any further damage to my ACL? I was reading the earlier questions and you guys mentioned the Forcepoint hinge but my budget is from $100-200. Thank you!
    • Andy
      We do have a Playmaker II knee brace with the Fourcepoint hinge. You can wear this brace to protect your knee when doing daily activities. However, if you want to workout or play sports you should be in one of our rgid knee braces for support. The Playmaker II is not enough support for someone with a new ACL tear playing sports related activities. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-fourcepoint
  • Chrissi at 3/20/2015 8:16 AM
    • Both of my knees and hyperextended, I've had it for over 10 years. I don't know if from an injury or birth but they both go back pretty far. I am unable to stang with legs straight and have to constantly stand with them bent back. I am starting physical therapy within the next few weeks and was wondering what brace would be best to help with the hyperextension.
    • Chrissi
      You will need to wear a rigid knee brace to try and control that level of hyperextension. Our AL Braces have a special hinge that resists extension and would be helpful to you. The Female Fource is a low profile knee brace with the fourcepoint hinge. It also comes with stops for the hinge to control the amount of extension in the brace. The brace comes with a 10 degree extension stop already installed but if needed a bigger stop can be installed. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-female-fource-acl-off-the-shelf
  • Melissa at 2/25/2015 10:29 AM
    • I had ACL surgery two years ago from a skiing injury. I am getting back on the slopes and looking for a brace to wear. I have always been a cautious skier and stick mainly to blue and green trails. What brace would you recommend? I am between the Playmaker II and Playmaker II Fource Point.
    • If you are going to go with a soft hinged brace then i would reccommend the Playmaker II with the fourcepoint hinge. The foucepoint technology is our best hinge for protecting against re-tear of the ACL.
  • Molly at 2/24/2015 3:19 PM
    • I am a short, but highly active female (4'11"). I had orthoscopic surgery in September to debride an ACL tear as well as the joint capsule. The injury also involved bone brushing to the femor. I have been in rehab ever since. My flexibility has returned and I am now moving on to building up the quad again. I am interested in getting back to my main sports which include ice hockey, downhill skiing and mountain biking. I have checked out the custom braces but can't imaging how I will be able to fit that and the ski boot on my short calf. What options would I have to return to skiing? Should I try one of the Playmaker braces which look like they might fit with my boots?
    • Molly
      The Custom Defiance is our custom ACL brace and it can be made for someone your size. the entire length of the brace would be 14 inches. It would be a short thigh and a short calf. Our rigid knee braces have the short calf option which is used for those who ski. The Defiance can be measured and ordered through a local Don Joy sales Rep. http://www.djoglobal.com/contact-us/sales-rep-locator Here is more information on the Defiance: http://www.djoglobal.com/products/donjoy/defiance We do have an off the shelf brace on BetterBraces.com called the Don Joy Armor. This brace is 15 inches in length. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-armor-knee-brace-with-fourcepoint-hinge
  • Sam at 2/20/2015 12:06 AM
    • I am currently recovering from an MCL injury (the MCL was not torn, however it was severely stretched) where my meniscus also got damaged. I have had knee problems for years and am currently seeing a naturopath as a course of treatment. Because I am very active and play on an elite hockey team the naturopath said it is very important to tape my knee or where a brace while playing. I am taping now, but the amount I am on the ice is costing my quite a bit on tape not to mention is killing my skin, so I'm wondering what would be the appropriate brace to wear.

    • Sam
      The Playmaker II would be a good choice of a brace for you because it will give the medial support much better than taping would. You will want to get the sleeve with the spacer material if using it to play hockey. The spacer material is much cooler than neoprene
  • HockeyGuy at 2/19/2015 10:35 AM
    • I recently experienced a moderate strain to my right knee MCL while playing golf. I also play hockey and want a brace that will fit under my shinguards. Both of the Playmaker models seem suitable for my needs but can you please tell me which has a more low profile, thinner design...the Playmaker II or the original Playmaker?
    • The Playmaker II has a lower profile hinge and the spacer material is a little thinner than neoprene. That would be my suggestion.
  • Mitch at 2/7/2015 10:33 AM
    • I recently tore my meniscus in basketball and I would like to purchase a brace to protect me when I play quarterback in high school football. I want to know what brace would be best for me as my play style is a dual threat (running and passing) quarterback that would protect against hits and prevent me from having to get my knee scoped again. I also want to know what would be the most comfortable to be playing a full game and taking hits.
    • Mitch
      The Playmaker II would be a great brace for you to use while playing football. The brace will offer both medial and lateral protection with the hinges and the material is light wight and flexible to allow you to move freely. The spacer material is cooler than neoprene and the hinges are low profile. this is a great brace for you.
  • Sarah at 2/5/2015 11:13 AM
    • Four weeks ago I fell on a run and have likely torn my ACL to some degree. I may also have some PCL damage (my MRI results are pending). My PT has recommended either the Don Joy Playmaker 2 or the Full Force brace for my injury type and activity level. Prior to the injury I ran 60 kilometers a week and trained for trail ultra marathons. Which brace would A. be the most comfortable being worn all day and B. stay put when I'm out on a run, even after 5-10 miles? Thanks very much!
    • Sarah
      You should wait until you know exactly which ligaments have been injured. If you have torn both the ACL and PCL you do not want to wear the Full Force Ligament knee brace because that fouce point hinge is contra-indicated with a PCL injury. The hinge will create posterior force on the tibia which is what you do not want to do with a PCL injury. If you have not completly ruptured either of the ligaments, then the Playmaker II would be a sufficient brace for your knee while it is healing and during your activity. If you have completely torn either of those ligaments I would suggest a rigid knee brace such as the Armor with a Standard Hinge. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-armor-knee-brace-with-standard-hinge If you have only toen the ACL then the Full Force would be the best brace for you.
  • Ray at 1/23/2015 6:39 AM
    • I'm looking at the playmaker II but can my measurements are between a large and x-large what brace should I pick? Thigh 23 1/4" knee 17 1/2" calf 17 1/2"
    • Ray
      based on your measurments I would advise you to pick the large
  • Mike at 1/8/2015 2:12 PM
    • I hunt, flyfish and hike in the mountains. I have had meniscus removed from both the inside and outside of my knee. I am bone on bone. I am receiving shots to lubricate the joint. It still pops at times and feels unstable. I am wondering if your playmaker 2 would be a good match for keeping me active and keep my knee solid. I am trying to put off knee replacement as long as possible. Thanks
    • Mike
      The Playmaker II would be a godd choice for your knee. Since you have OA on both sides of the knee this brace will give you general stability around the knee
  • Burnstl at 1/6/2015 1:47 PM
    • Would this be a good brace for a wrestler?
    • This brace would great for anyone play in any type of sports. What matters is what you need the brace for. the brace gives moderate support for all of the ligaments of the knee.
  • mtdestroyer at 12/31/2014 11:37 AM
    • so I'm an avid snowboarder who probably gets about 60 days a year.. I've had knee surgury on mcl,Plc, meniscus ...knee is pretty stable but I would prefer to wear a brace anyway... I'm looking at the playmaker ll .. What's you guys think? Also as the season goes on my leg seems to change sizes back and forth..which one is more adjustable
    • The Playmaker II should work fine for the issues that you had on your knee. The sleeve works best for sports related activities and the spacer material will not be as hot as neoprene. The size changing should not be an issue as you are not going to change that dramatically.
  • nick t at 11/19/2014 5:11 PM
    • does this brace slip or slow you down when you run and it it good for contact sports such as football?
    • Nick
      The brace should not slip other than normal migration with a sleeve after sweating, but it is the correct size it should be fine. It will not slow you down and you can wear it while playing football.
  • Nikki at 11/8/2014 6:46 AM
    • I have the playmaker II brace i need to get my leg straight. Is there any way that the hinge locks so my knee can not bend?
    • Nikki
      That brace does not lock.
  • T. Kim Cromwell at 11/3/2014 7:22 PM
    • I am a 55 year old woman who had surgery 40 years ago for a recurring patella dislocation. Ligaments were more tightly secured with a "pin" under the knee cap. Four years ago I also had 80% of my lateral meniscus removed in that same knee. X-rays show my knee continues to deteriorate due to the trauma its been through, and the resulting arthritis. My knee is showing more instability and tends to swell after exercise.

      I'm trying to postpone getting a knee replacement, while continuing my active life -- playing doubles tennis, mostly, and walking a fair amount. Which type of brace would you recommend for someone like me, particularly while I'm playing tennis? Also, what material? Wrap or sleeve? Donut or not?

      Secondly, what would you use to ice the area after playing tennis?

      Thank you!
    • You would most likley benefit from one of our arthitis braces. The OA Nano is for those with moderate OA, whoare very active people. The brace will have adjustments on one side of the brace to unload the lateral compartment that you had the meniscus tear. The unloading helps to reduce pain and inflammation at the knee joint. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-nano-knee-brace If a rigid brace is not what you are looking for we do have two smaller braces for mild OA. The OA light and the OA Reaction web knee brace. Both of these are lower profile than our rigid knee braces but still have a unloading hing on the brace. They are for those who suffer from mild OA so the correction is not as much as the Nano. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-reaction-web-knee-brace, http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-lite-osteoarthritis-knee-brace
  • Diana at 10/16/2014 12:38 PM
    • After ACL I had brace now am using playmaker wrap can this be worn over jeans?
    • The brace should be worn against the skin
  • Tom at 9/24/2014 3:52 PM
    • I tore my meniscus and was wondering if this brace would be good to wear for football to prevent further injury to my knee. I don't have and ACL in my knee i tore my meniscus so i am looking for a brace to use to stabilize my knee.
    • Tom
      If you have a menuscus injury the Playmaker can be worn to play football. If you have no ACL in your knee i would suggest a rigid knee brace
  • Serge at 9/12/2014 2:13 PM
    • Hi
      I have a torn ligement and cartilage. I don't want the operation and still plaing basketball with knee braces but I want a really good one I'm looking in to buying donjoy armour or playmaker which one is the best for my injuries and playing basketball which one do you recommend ?
    • Thank you for your question. If you have a torn ACL the FullFource would be a good potion for you. The armor would probably be too heavy and the PlayMaker II, not enough support to the ligaments.
  • Rebecca at 9/3/2014 1:07 PM
    • what would you recommend for a brace for severe hyper extension instability due to stroke with a center knee measurement of 18" , calf 14.5" and thigh 20"?
    • Severe Hyper-extension would require one of our rigid hinged knee braces and based on the measurments you would have to go with the Custom Defiance, which can only be ordered direct from DJO. Follow this link to get your local DJO Sales Rep information and speak with them regarding the Custom Defiance. http://www.djoglobal.com/contact-us/sales-rep-locator
  • Melissa at 8/31/2014 10:00 AM
    • I am 50, about 25 lbs overweight and I have a torn ACL for an injury when I was 15 years old. My doctors do not recommend surgery. My knee mainly hurts on long drives (hour or more), and I am probably starting to get arthritis. I am looking at the DonJoy Playmaker II, but I can't figure out the size. My calf and knee fall in the Medium range, but my thigh is 18" and falls in the XL range.... do I get the XL? Is the Playmaker II to best choice?

    • Meliss
      A thigh circumference is a medium. The XL size falls between 23.5"-26.5". If your thigh is an XL and the rest medium than any brace will fall down on you and a smaller brace won't fit your thigh. I would re-measure to be sure
  • matt redman at 8/24/2014 2:42 PM
    • I broke my knee on the right side and have chronic pain in the knee have off loader brace but does not help in the gym now would the playmaker 2 be better
    • Matt
      If you are having pain becuase of the injury you had and an unloader brace was ordered for that injury then a Playmaker II weill not help. You may need to call your physician or who you recieved the first brace from and let them know that the brace is not doing what it is supposed to do.
  • joe at 8/21/2014 7:50 AM
    • I tore my meniscus playing football and I was wondering if this would be a good brace for contact sports like football
    • Joe
      That brace should be fine to wear for a torn menicus while playing football
  • cody at 8/18/2014 10:23 AM
    • i am a bull rider i got in a wreck a year ago i have a acl,mcl,and lcl tare in my right knee would this knee brace help give me knee support ?
    • The Playmaker should support the knee with what you are doing. I would suggest getting the Playmaker II with the fourcepoint hinge, for better support. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-fourcepoint
  • Kaash at 7/30/2014 5:01 PM
    • Hello,

      I have a complete ACL rupture but I am able to walk and run in a straight line. However, I am not confident with pivoting at all. I have a very active lifestyle and practice martial arts daily. I have decided not to go for ACL reconstruction surgery and instead was wondering If I could rely on a knee brace for sports. IS there a knee brace that is ideal for active contact sports that including running, pivoting, kicks, grappling, jumps, etc.
    • Kaash
      We do have two braces that would fit your needs. The first is the Custom Defiance Knee Brace http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-defiance-iii-custom-knee-brace this is our premiere brace. The defiance is custom made for your leg specifically, has a variety of options to choose from such as color, hingetype, and material for the softgoods of the brace. In your case I would suggest the fourcepoint hinge. Theis hinge along with our four points of leverage strapping design are clinically tested to help protect the ACL and hold the leg in a safe position. The frame and hinges hve a lifetime warranty. The other option is the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace with the Fourcepoint Hinge. The brace has the same technology as the custom brace but is patient ready. This means that only three measurements are needed to find a size that will best fit your leg. It has a one year warranty on the hinge and frame. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-armor-knee-brace-with-fourcepoint-hinge
  • john at 7/27/2014 12:33 PM
    • I play on the offensive line for a high school football team and my last years knee brace a don joy full force. I could never get use to the thing my calves were always cramping and my movement was extremely limited. My questions are:
      Which knee braces would you recommend for a more comfortable game, but still offers me protection? - I am open to all suggestions, but I do live on a budget
    • John
      The DonJoy Armor Knee Brace is our off the shelf brace for football lineman. The Full Force is not for contact sports. The Armor is similar to the FullForce in Brace type but has a thicker frame. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-armor-knee-brace-with-standard-hinge A less expensive option would be the DonJoy SE 4 Knee Brace http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-legend-se-4-knee-brace Unfortunatly these are similar to the brace you already have, a soft sleeve type hinged knee brace is not reccommended for football
  • Aaron at 7/22/2014 12:50 PM
    • I torn my ACL playing football and i have yet to get surgery but have been cleared to play and i just got a college scholarship and am about to start my hell week in college in about 20 days so i need to know if this knee brace will work for me.
    • Aaron
      If you are playing college football on a scholarship and have a torn ACL you should be wearing one of our rigid knee braces. The Playmaker is not going to give you enough support for activity that you will be doing with an ACL deficient knee. My suggesttion to you is the DonJoy Defiance ACL brace with a fourcepoint hinge, and get our football options.
  • Liz at 7/15/2014 7:25 PM
    • I am looking for a brace to provide general stability for a leg that is weak. The weight of the brace is important as the muscles in the weak leg fatigue easily. Can you provide information regarding the weight of this brace? Or do you have other suggestions for a brace that is lightweight but that will provide stability? I am hoping to be able to flex at the knee 30 degrees or so, but need the brace to be stable enough to stop occasional buckling. (I understanding that buckling would still occur up to the angle at which the brace is set). Thank you!
    • Liz
      The Playmaker II knee brace wieghs around 2 lbs and comes with a stop kit but the lowest flexion stop is 45 degrees.
  • Mary at 7/15/2014 6:29 PM
    • Hello,
      I had a ACL surgery 9 months ago and I've been recovering well, but I still feel my knee a little bit weird during pivot shifts and it clicks when I flex after being hyperextended. I used to play team handball (contact sport) and I want to know which brace will be better for me.
      Thank you
    • Mary
      Someone so new after surgery should be wearing a rigid knee brace and I would suggest the DonJoy Full Force knee brace. It has a rigid frame, our four points of leverage strapping system and our fourcepoint hinge. All of these things have been clinically proven to help reduce re-tear of the ACL up to 50%. The full force is lightwieght and low profile. It is worn to play sports
  • Dan at 7/13/2014 3:30 PM
    • I had ACL surgery a year ago. I am still working on rehabilitation to get back to quick lateral movements, sudden stop and go movements, and jumping/landing at full speeds for both basketball and snowboarding. I am a very aggressive athlete and I researched on google and found that this ACL knee brace was highly rated.

      1) I was wondering for the two sports that I will be planning to do regularly, which specific options would be best for me on this knee brace?
      I'm assuming the drytex would be the ideal material. I am wondering if the sleeve would be a good choice...I have worn knee sleeves before that I bought at Walmart, I'm not sure if theyre too small but after 30 minutes to an hour of play it feels like it is cutting blood circulation off and also irritating my skin.

      2) Also what is the difference between the playmaker and this playmaker 2?
    • Dan
      For someone who had a recent ACL reconstruction I would not suggest this brace for basketball and snow boarding. I would suggest one of our rigid knee braces. Either the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace with the Foucepoint hinge, http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-armor-knee-brace-with-fourcepoint-hinge or the DonJoy Defiance Knee Brace http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-defiance-iii-custom-knee-brace Both of these braces have our Fourcepoint hinge and four points of leverage that have been clinically proven to help reduce ACL re-tear up to 50%. The Armor is a "off the Shelf" brace that has a 1 year warranty on the frame and hinges, the Defiance is custom made for you knee and has a lifetime warranty on the frame and hinges. These braces are more suitable for someone as yourself who is just getting done with rehab and wants to compete in demanding activities.
  • fred at 6/14/2014 11:54 PM
  • jonny at 6/9/2014 7:48 AM
    • I had my knee buckle during soccer a few days ago, and strained the LCL (but no damage to any other knee ligaments). I'm looking for a brace to provide some stability for walking and hiking for the next couple months. Would this brace be a good option?
    • Jonny
      Yes the Playmaker II is a good choice for your LCL sprain, it will provide protection during the actifities that you want to do
  • Jeremy at 6/1/2014 3:47 PM
    • Is this a good brace for surfing? I have knee instabilities due to an old acl injury but I can't give up surfing! What options should I select so that I could use this in salt water
    • Jeremy
      Yes this brace would be good for someone who had an old ACL injury. The brace can get wet, just rinse the brace and hinge afterwards to make sure no salt gets into the hinge
  • David Rodriguez at 5/31/2014 7:58 AM
    • Hi, I had a ACL Surgery 8 months ago the doctor says that I recover my stability and fell good about it.
      ,I practice kitesurfing in salty water, does the hinge gets rusty?. I still have some pain in my knee since I need more strength on my quadriceps. do you recomend this Playmaker II knee brace or I should go for the web knee brace?

      Thanks in advance
    • David
      I would normally suggest a rigid knee brace after a ACL surgery less than a year old, such as the DonJoy FullForce Ligament knee brace. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullforce-ligament-knee-brace This brace will give the support needed so soon after a surgery for return to activities, with the Fourcepoint hinge and 4 points of leverage in a rigid frame this will protect that still healing graft in your knee and prevent re-tear. However if you are interestd in the Playmaker II I would suggest getting the brace with the Fourcepoint hinge to protect the knee better than a standard hinge. Just rinse the brace and hinge after getting out of the salt water and let air dry. Our braces can be worn in the water
  • Beth V at 5/1/2014 5:15 PM
    • I ruptured my acl in both knees (left 10 yo, right 5yo). I did significant additional damage to meniscus, MCL and LCL with each injury. I am currently hiking the AT and have over 400 miles. I am experiencing significant and debilitating pain on steep downhills. The patella is involved but also experiencing pain and swelling above the knee cap on the lateral/outsides of the knees. Left knees more so than right knee.

      Which brace do you recommend? Material breathability is important as well as stability in positioning of brace. I am looking for comfort, non abrasive brace for long distance backpacking.

      Thank you!
    • Thank you for your question. The play maker II is a very breathable material. The Playmaker II with FourcePoint hinge may be a good option as it will gave additional support and protection to the ACL. The Playmaker II will give support to the LCL/MCL with the metal hinges and the strapping also will help with joint support. If you have additional questions please don’t hesitate to call.
  • Lori Eastman at 4/26/2014 9:39 AM
    • I ruptured my posterior cruciate ligament a couple of years ago and have a good deal of knee instability. I am looking for a knee brace that will stabilize my patella as well as the remainder of my knee. I need it for activities of daily living and working out at the gym for achieving fitness, I am not an extreme athlete! Which version of the Playmaker II will give me the best patella support? The sleeve or the wrap around? Is this the right brace for me?
    • Lori
      Get the sleeve with spacer material and a patella donut
  • Kinny at 4/21/2014 5:13 PM
    • I live in Indonesia, and in need to order the Playmaker II Spacer Wrap knee brace. To avoid import charges and the high cost of shipping charges., the shipping address would be in the US, but the billing charge will be an Indonesian address.
      Is it at all possible to do so.
    • Thank you for your question. We can take international cards. It is not a guarantee that your card will take. Some international cards are accepted and others are not. The only way to know if your card would be accepted would be to try. BetterBraces.com does not ship internationally, so having an address within the United States is a perfect idea. Thanks again for your question.
  • Heather at 4/9/2014 7:25 AM
    • We just ordered the Playmaker II Spacer Wrap knee brace for my daughter. It is sliding down on her when she plays. Is the sleeve style Playmaker any better for staying put? It feels pretty snug to do up, so I don't know if the next size down would work. Or is there something we can put with it to keep it from sliding down? Thank you!
    • Heather
      The sleeve style is better for playing sports it, she should not have as much sliding in the sleeve
  • Pietro at 3/27/2014 5:23 AM
    • What is the best material when the brace is used in the summer time?
      I see 2 options, Neoprene and spacer.
    • The Spacer material will be cooler and breathable compared to the neoprene which will be hot and collect sweat
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Great brace allowed me to continue hiking in the mountains!

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I live in the high country up in the mountains of Colorado and like to hike. I started having really bad pain whenever I was hiking downhill. At first I tried some less expensive braces with no help. I decided after talking with customer service to give this brace a try and it worked. I am now able to hike up and down steep inclines with no trouble. Also, the brace has caused me no discomfort having used on many hikes 6-8 miles each. next year I plan on conquering some 14ners with the help of this brace!
Posted on November 12, 2015

Great Knee Brace

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I have owned several braces that were specially made for me. I have never had a brace in this price range that works and is as comfortable as this brace. This brace stays in place and gives very good support.
Posted on August 17, 2015

Awesome knee brace !!!

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I strained my knee playing hockey and was out for 6 weeks, this brace helps me play now with no pain and gives me a secure feeling about playing again.
Posted on November 1, 2014


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Great customer service helped through all my questions I had a tibia plateau fracture required surgery it was pretty bad break this is a life saver its so breathable, lightweight, not bulky compared to the generic one the hospital gave me the playmaker 2 is the best there is highly recommend.
Posted on July 31, 2014

strong knee support and light weight

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i have this brace. it is a great brace. I am currently using it on my left knee while awaiting an MRI on that knee for a possible ACL tear.. I have used it on my right knee after 2 procedures on that knee which has left it unstable when lifting heavier weights.

The brace provides a high degree of support for my knees. Without it on and only using crutches to move around my left knee will shift laterally in a bad way.

The spacer material is the proper way to go for material. It breathes well and is more compliant than neoprene. I do highly recommend getting the sleeve to go under it. Extended wear time was irritating to the skin on my leg.

The only down side and it is not even a big thing is the size of it. It is HUGE. Without actually measuring it, I would estimate 18" long. It takes getting used to but after a few times wearing it I was used to it.

For something short of a custom built brace this is the best thing I have used and I have had a brace of some type on my knee for 15 years and counting. You really get what you paid for on this one.
Posted on June 28, 2014

Great Customer Service

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I don't normally write reviews, but I have to let you know that this company is TOP NOTCH on customer service. I had questions regarding the brace we were considering and when I called the phone number I was immediately connected with an agent who understood my questions and got me onto the right expert. Once I talked to the "expert" I was advised of various ways I could get the right brace, including a local rep for the DonJoy brand. I have NEVER had a better experience with service, results, and value. I would highly recommend this brace for the quality, and the Better Braces.com for service, and DonJoy for employing high quality representatives of their products.

Posted on February 13, 2014

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