The Brief History of Knee Braces

At Better Braces, knee braces are a large part of what we do. While knee braces are a common sight in sports, that hasn’t always been the case. It might be interesting to know that the modern knee brace — used to prevent injury — has only been around since 1967.

The late 60s were important for the evolution of knee braces. In 1967, a professor of physiology, Dr. Robert F. McDavid, invented the first lateral knee brace designed to prevent injury or reinjury. His brace provided lateral protection of the knee. Then during the 1967 season and Super Bowl III, Hall of Fame New York Jets’ Quarterback Joe Namath played with a now-famous knee brace. Jack Castiglia of the Lenox Hill Brace Shop with along with noted sports physician Dr. James Nicholas designed the brace. This allowed Namath to keep playing despite being plagued by knee problems. Namath’s knee brace was so iconic that it is now on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

During the 1970s, more prophylactic knee braces began being tested and tried by more NFL players in an effort to reduce career ending knee injuries. It was an NFL player who gave us our start.

In 1978, Philadelphia Eagles football player Mark Nordquist teamed up with two of his friends to explore the possibilities of neoprene. There in his garage in Carlsbad, CA, DJO Incorporated was formed.

The first DJO products were simple sleeves made of sewn-together neoprene that were pulled over the knee as well as the ankle and elbow joints for support. Fast forward to today where knee braces come in a variety of shapes and sizes, designed for all manner of knee injuries and prevention. Whether you suffer from knee osteoarthritis or you’re looking to keep your ACL protected during a football game, there’s a knee brace that’s right for you.






DonJoy Knee Braces

Knee injuries are one of the most prevalent ways that players get hurt when playing sports. The knee joint is also an area that is affected by age and repetitive stress injuries. It’s important to wear knee protection such as knee braces or patella bands to help prevent these injuries. These devices can also help prevent re-injury by providing support after an injury has occurred. When it comes to getting the best in knee protection, look no further than the industry’s leading brand — DonJoy.

DonJoy knee braces are known in the medical field for their superior performance in helping prevent knee injuries. These DonJoy knee braces come in many types, including knee sleeves, knee  straps, knee immobilizers and knee pads. They are ideal for all sorts of ailments and conditions as well, such as ligament protection and arthritis support. Many DonJoy knee braces come with cutting-edge technology in the hinges and frame to ensure that they are strong and durable but also easy to wear and comfortable.

If you’re looking for the best in knee protection and stabilization, check out DonJoy knee braces today.

P.S. We also offer knee brace accessories and DonJoy knee brace replacement parts!

DonJoy Knee Braces Protect You From Ligament Injuries

If you suffer from knee ligament injuries, DonJoy has made several knee braces that protect your knee joint and give you the support you need for sports and daily activities. Check out this video to learn more about DonJoy knee braces:

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Knee injuries can be very debilitating. The simple action of putting on a knee brace before sports can help prevent season-ending injuries and ligament tears.

Don’t forget that offers a 90-day money back guarantee on all products so you can try these knee braces risk-free!


Collegiate athletes rely on DonJoy Knee Braces

DonJoy Knee Braces
DonJoy Knee Braces

Collegiate athletes recognize the importance of keeping themselves healthy and avoiding injuries. After all one bad injury can take them out for the season, as well as ruin their chances of a professional career. Due to the proven success of DonJoy braces, athletes and their trainers are turning to DonJoy knee braces to prevent injuries before they occur. In fact 22 of the AP Top 25 College Football Teams wear Donjoy.

Here’s what some of the athletic trainers for these schools have to say about DonJoy knee braces

“Our offensive line coach has called the knee braces career savers…after reviewing film of practices he has noted on several occasions that serious knee injuries were avoided because of the brace. I know that we have decreased the number and severity of knee injuries to offensive linemen due to the prophylactic bracing.”
– Scott Oliaro, MA, ATC-L
Kenan Football Sports Medicine Supervisor, University of North Carolina

“Athletes have told me that they feel they might have been on a surgical table many times with an ACL injury if it wasn’t for the braces. Our athletes accept wearing them: they see the results”.
– Russ Haynes, MS, ATC, LAT
Associate Director of Athletic Training Services, University of Iowa

“The cost-to-benefit ratio is significant when you look at costs of braces vs. the loss of patient participation time, loss in production, quality of life, surgical expenses, etc.”
– Rod Walters, DA, ATC
Director of Sports Medicine and Associate AD, University of South Carolina

“Prior to bracing our offensive linemen, at least one starting offensive linemen had missed games every season for the previous five years due to knee injuries. As often as they wear their helmets, they wear their knee braces. It is an investment that is well worth it.”
– Barney Graff, ATC
Head Football and Wrestling Athletic Trainer, Oregon State University