The Top Knee Braces for Sports

It’s important to wear knee braces for sports because of the wear and tear that physical activity has on your knees. Running, jumping, landing, and turning can each cause knee injuries. Even non-contact sports such as skiing and gymnastics can put you at high risk.

There are many factors to consider when selecting a knee brace for sports. For example, if you play contact sports, you may want to consider a durable brace that also has protective features in case of a collision with another player. If you need speed, then you may want to choose a brace that is lightweight and low profile.

The following knee braces are some of the best knee braces for sports.

DonJoy FullForce Knee Brace – A lightweight knee brace that provides complete ligament protection.

DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace – Breathable fabric and special rotating hinges protects your knee without inhibiting movement.

DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace – Provides maximum durability for rough activities and contact sports.

Learn more about why these are the best sports knee braces.

ACL Reconstruction Surgery: 3 Weeks Post-Op

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She recently tore her ACL and will be sharing her experiences with us as she works towards getting back into sports.

I’m not sure what I expected after ACL surgery‚Ķ but well, I definitely expected much worse. I guess I am one of those lucky individuals that got away with little to no pain. Prior to surgery, I heard horror stories from friends who said they were laying in bed in agony for the first week after repairing their ACL.

I guess this goes to show that every person is different, and I’ve also found that rehabilitation varies from person to person. My doctor is keeping me on crutches for another week, whereas some only have you on them for 2 weeks. However, he doesn’t have me wearing an ACL knee brace. My friend who had ACL surgery earlier this year was given a knee immobilizer for the first month after surgery.

In short, here’s how my first 3 weeks post-op have been:

Week 1 – Pop painkillers the first few days, just in case. Lots of ice, elevation and television. Boring, but rest was critical to healing. It helped keep the swelling down and allowed my knee to start healing. The doctor said the most important thing was to be able to straighten my leg, so I started working on that.

Week 2 – Stitches come out. I had blood blisters near my incision, which isn’t common but it’s not unusual either. Numbness near the knee is normal as well, and should go away with time. My ankle started hurting a bit and was all bruised due to the swelling. Started physical therapy which honestly was not too bad because I had been working on extending my leg.

Week 3 – Steri-strips (super sticky bandages that hold the incision together) fell off and my blood blisters healed. My physical therapist has me working on stretching and strengthening my thighs and quads, and we’re working on bending my knee (flexion).

If you’re having ACL surgery soon, keep in mind that every person goes through a different experience. Hopefully this helps with some of your expectations! I still plan on getting an ACL knee brace once my recovery gets me closer to playing sports again. So far I’m happy with how I’ve been coming along.

P.S. Have someone place bottles of water around the house – it’s very difficult to carry a glass of water when using crutches!

Featured Product: DonJoy Tru-Pull Lite

DonJoy Tru-Pull Lite
DonJoy Tru-Pull Lite

If you suffer from patellofemoral disorders or kneecap pain, check out the DonJoy Tru-Pull Lite. It’s a comfortable and low profile patellofemoral brace made by the knee brace experts at DonJoy. It has a special bifurcated strap – a two-pronged strap that realigns your kneecap when you’re extending or bending your knee. Realigning the knee into proper position helps patellofemoral disorders.

The DonJoy Tru-Pull Lite features:

  • Dual buttress padding system to ensure maximum support and comfort
  • Thigh and calf anchors that prevent the brace from rotating out of place
  • Breathable fabric that is comfortable, hypoallergenic and lightweight
  • Support hinges that enhance the overall stability for your knee

This knee brace is ideal for runners, recreational athletes, or individuals who are simply looking for extra patellar support during daily activities. Check out the DonJoy Tru-Pull Lite today!

Herniated Disk Injury and Prevention

Herniated disk, also known as slipped disk, occurs when all or part of a disk in the spine presses against nearby nerves. This can cause tingling, aches, and severe pain. Herniated disk injuries are one of the most common problems that 30-year old people have. In fact, according to the Indiana Spine Group, almost 250,000 herniated disks are repaired each year.

Most herniated disks occur in the back. Wearing a back brace for herniated disk can help prevent injury by providing compression and stability. Sometimes herniated disks can occur in the neck, such as in Colts quarterback Payton Manning. Typically after a herniated disk injury in the neck, patients will wear a cervical collar to stabilize the area while it heals.

In addition to wearing a back brace, practice proper lifting techniques at work and at home. You can also ask your doctor for ways to strengthen your abdominal and back muscles.

How to Improve Bad Posture

Did you know that many shoulder and neck injuries are a result of bad posture? Poor posture can cause back and neck pain, headaches, and shoulder and arm pain. It can affect individuals who work in an office, professional athletes, or pretty much anyone.

A recent article reported that Florida Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson’s shoulder injury may be a result of bad posture. Now he’s standing straighter and even wearing a customized shirt that keeps his shoulders back.

Here are some ways to prevent back and shoulder pain resulting from poor posture:

  • Switch to an ergonomic chair in areas such as your office where you will have long periods of sitting.
  • Take frequent short breaks and walks.
  • Stand taller, with your shoulders back. In short, be aware of your posture and correct it.
  • Wear a posture support which can help you maintain correct positioning in your upper back.

Any person can have poor posture, but it is especially common among taller individuals and those who work at desk jobs. If you are at risk, speak with your doctor about ways to improve your posture.