Wearing knee braces may help prevent injuries to the knee joint and provide extra support when it’s needed. However, many people choose not to wear them because of pre-conceived notions about knee braces. Here we dispel some of the greatest myths about knee braces.
Myth #1: Wearing knee braces won’t actually protect your knees
This is probably the biggest myth surrounding knee braces. While knee braces cannot guarantee that you won’t be injured, there have been studies which show that certain knee braces DO decrease your chances of injury. For example, DonJoy knee braces using the FourcePoint hinge have been proven to decrease the chances of non-contact ACL injuries by over 50%. They also add support and may help alleviate knee pain.1
Myth #2: Knee braces are uncomfortable.
The first thing when purchasing a knee brace is to make sure you have the correct size. This ensures adequate protection and comfort – otherwise the knee brace may be too tight (causing discomfort) or too loose (which may lead to chafing or rashes). Knee braces also come in a variety of material, so you can wear what feels the most comfortable to you. Some knee braces also have the option of open or closed popliteal (back of the knee), to offer more air flow or more warmth, depending on your needs. You can be sure to find a knee brace that’s comfortable for you since there’s so much variety!
Myth #3: Knee braces get in the way during sports.
Modern knee braces are much more streamlined than their predecessors so that they’re lightweight and don’t inhibit movement. Most athletes forget that they’re even wearing one… the knee brace just becomes part of your sports equipment. You can also purchase knee brace accessories such as a knee brace cover which helps prevent the inside hinge from rubbing against your other leg.
Myth #4: Knee braces are expensive.
Knee braces are both affordable and expensive. It all depends on what you’re looking for. There are many knee braces and supports for under $30 that provide added protection for the knee. If you want custom knee brace protection, then that can become quite pricey. It all depends on the type of protection you need for your knee and the amount you want to invest in your health. A knee brace could be the difference between avoiding injury or a ligament tear. In general most knee braces are very affordable and knowing that you’re doing everything to prevent injuries is priceless.
We hope this helps dispels some of the myths around knee braces. Check out our wide selection of knee braces today… for sports, everyday support, ligament tears, or even knee braces designed for specific conditions!
1 EFFECT OF THREE DIFFERENT BETWEEN-INNING RECOVERY METHODS ON BASEBALL PITCHING PERFORMANCE
Warren et al., Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, March 2011, Volume 25(3), pp. 683-688.