Our Best Knee Support for Skiing
DonJoy Armor Ski Brace
Knee injuries are a common injury suffered by skiers. In fact, 20 to 30% of ski injuries are knee injuries, according to this study. Although the advancement in ski fabrication technology has helped make knee injuries not as common as they once were, downhill skiing presents risks of knee injury.
Knees are one of the primary joints to be injured because they sustain the most pressure and weight when skiing or avoiding falls and collisions when the body is propelled at high speed. When the ski is torqued but does not release, the knee joint sustains the most force. Knee pain from skiing is often mild, but an acute pain can mean torn ligaments leading to permanent damage. Knee injuries can be avoided by wearing knee support for skiing. Skiing knee supports like the DonJoy Ski Armor protective knee brace can help a skier enjoy skiing after sustaining a knee injury.
Knee Pain from Skiing can be caused by one of the following injuries:
The anterior cruciate ligament (“ACL”) helps keep the knee stable and prevents excessive motions such as bending the wrong way. The knee becomes lax, or gives out from under the athlete, when the ACL is torn, making a popping sound and causing immediate instability. Unfortunately, an ACL injury can cause knee instability even weeks after swelling has gone down and normal activity has been reinstated. Knee supports such as the DonJoy Ski Armor should be considered by skiers having suffered such knee injury to help protect the knee from giving out in the future.
PCL, MCL and LCL injuries
The other three important ligaments of the four that keep the knee stabilized are the posterior cruciate ligament (“PCL”), the medial collateral ligament (“MCL “) and the lateral collateral ligament (“LCL”). Tears of these ligaments are less frequent than ACL injuries but occur nonetheless.
The meniscus is tough cartilage around the knee that absorbs shocks and distributes you body weight across the knee joint. When torn, the meniscus makes a clicking sound and sharp pain occurs immediately. Twisting or squatting can cause increased pain during swelling period. A meniscus tear can happen along with an ACL or a MCL injury.
Skiing Knee Supports Help Prevent Knee Injuries
Finding the right knee support to stabilize your knee joints is important. The DonJoy Ski Armor supports the knee suffering from ACL, PCL, MCL or LCL mild to serious injuries. It provides knee support for skiing with increased knee joint stability for great skiing. The DonJoy Ski Armor is suited for skiers who have instabilities in both knees or skiers who have an injury on one knee and want to prevent the same happening on the other knee. It is fit with a Medial Ski Deflector on the medial hinge (inside) so that the brace hinge will not be caught on the brace on the other leg, which can help prevent further injury. The DonJoy Ski Armor comes in seven different sizes for a better fit to increase the comfort and flexibility of the knee while protecting it from skiing mishaps.