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Playmaker Knee Brace

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Suitable for mild to moderate hyperextension, ACL, MCL, PCL, and LCL instabilities
This item requires custom fitting and is only available through your doctor with a prescription.

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Product Description

Our most popular intermediate level knee brace.

The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace provides dependable support for mild to moderate ACL and/or PCL, MCL and LCL instabilities. What makes this knee brace unique from other soft-hinged knee braces is the incorporation of DonJoy's revolutionary Four-Points-of-Leverage, helps to reduce instability in the ACL.

In addition to providing superior ACL support, the Playmaker is a comfortable brace to wear. A low profile design, breathable fabric, and polycentric hinges allow for uninhibited movement of the knee.

The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is available as a sleeve or wraparound brace, and with or without open popliteal cutout (opening behind the knee). Not sure what version is right for you? Check out our explanation of these options on the "Ask a Question" tab above.

The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is used to support or prevent the following injuries

  • Mild to moderate ligament instabilities including the ACL, PCL, MCL, and/or LCL.
  • Knee Hyperextension

Product Features...and the benefits you'll experience!

  • Four-Points-of-Leverage
    The strap design of the Playmaker knee brace family enhances support of the knee joint, and in particular, the anterior cruciate ligament. Learn how Four-Points-of-Leverage works.
  • Polycentric Hinges
    These hinges conform to the knee joint's natural motion so you'll get to enjoy uninhibited movement of your knee.
  • Drytex Fabric
    This lightweight fabric is a neoprene alternative that provides better airflow, which is ideal for those who live in warmer climates or suffer from allergies.
  • Available as a Sleeve or Wraparound brace
    You can choose the style you're most comfortable putting on.

Additional Details
  • Brace Length: 16 Inches
  • Brace Style: Soft Hinged

Sizing and Measurements:
Click on the Size Chart tab above to learn how to measure your leg to determine what brace size you need.

Shop our complete selection of knee braces or browse additional DonJoy products.

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.


Product Questions (115)

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DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace

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  • Jack at 9/21/2016 8:46 AM
    • Hey I had a grade 2+ MCL year about 4 weeks ago and it's healing pretty well but I need a brace for the game...I still feeling little instabilities here and there...would this help me with the instabilities I feel every now and then?
    • Correct! The Playmaker ll, https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-knee-brace, would be a great brace for a previous MCL injury.
  • Margaret at 9/13/2016 8:24 PM
    • Can any of your knee braces be used in salt water? I do (very vigorous) water aerobics 4x a week. My knee starts to hurt when I do my water aerobics and for some time after.
    • All of our braces can be used in salt water, but need to rinsed in fresh water after use and air dried.
  • Nikki at 8/1/2016 8:55 AM
    • What option is better if I occasionally need to wear the brace over my pants? Also what are the differences between the playmaker, and playmaker II?
    • A wrap around brace would be easier to wear over pants. DonJoy has taken the Playmaker brace and enhanced it with Hi10TM (high tenacity nylon/spandex fabric) providing more comfort and a better fit with molded strap tabs to allow for quick and easy adjustments in the Playmaker II
  • Debbie at 7/22/2016 5:18 AM
    • how do you wash the knee brace
    • Hand wash with mild soap and water and let the brace air dry.
  • Megan at 4/15/2016 12:06 PM
    • I am 3 months post-op from ACL surgery and partial meniscectomy. I am wondering which brace would work best for this summer. I will be at 5/6 months post-op while I am working at a camp. I want to be able to do mild/moderate hiking and take part in most of the activities. I won't be playing any contact sports. Thanks!
    • Even with mild to moderate hiking you will want a very supportive brace to prevent any further injury to the ACL. The Full Force Ligament knee brace would be a good choice as it is light weight and low profile. The brace has our patened fourcepoint hinge and four point sof leverage strapping system. https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullfource-ligament-knee-brace
  • Stephanie at 4/13/2016 2:25 PM
    • Does this brace lock into place to keep the leg straight? I need a brace I can keep my knee straight but in the future be able to use it for movement support.
    • Hi Stephanie,

      The Playmaker can be adjusted to completely lock out with no movement. The component that does this is called a stop and can only be ordered by your physician or a representative and installed by them. These stops are removable so if in the future you do not need it to lock out you can remove them. Please follow this link to find your local rep http://www.djoglobal.com/contact-us/sales-rep-locator

      Kind Regards,

      Lizette Salazar L.Ac., ATC
  • Bob at 2/27/2016 5:56 AM
    • I suffered a partial distal acl tear, partial lcl tear and had a meniscus repair surgery back in September 2015. I injured it doing Jiu Jitsu and want to go back but won't to make sure I have the best knee protection available. What do you recommend? My measurements are center knee=16", thigh =17 and calf=14. Thank you.
    • The Playmaker II with the fourcepoint hinge would give you the most protection if you are looking for a soft low profile brace. The brace has low profile hinges and the fourcepoint hinge will help to prevent further injury in the knee. Based on your measurments you would need a medium brace.
  • John at 2/25/2016 10:04 AM
    • I want to buy a drytex wrap around playmaker. I have worn a large for years, but I always wondered if I should try a medium. Could you please advise? My knee measures 16 3/4 inches, 6 inches above 18 1/2, and 6 inches below the knee is 14 3/4 inches. Thank You for your time.
    • You thigh and calf are in the medium range but the knee is in the large. A medium may be more snug around the thigh and calf but be a little tight over the knee. If the size you have been using works for you and fits fine stay with that size
  • Gary at 2/22/2016 5:41 PM
    • My leg bends easier backwards than the way it should due to Ms and I'm afraid of hyperextension been to a prosthetic specialists and what they offer won't fit under pants and can't wear on outside of pants looking for a wrap around preferably with adjustable hinges do you offer anything
    • The Playmaker or the Playmaker II come in a wrap around style and they also come with an extension stop kit which contains stops that can be installed on the braces hinges to limit knee Hyper extension.
  • david at 2/15/2016 8:58 PM
  • Cynthia at 2/8/2016 9:59 AM
    • I am trying to purchase a Playmaker L1832. The measurements at the thigh and calf indicate an XS in size but the knee indicates a size S. This is being purchased to support a knee with MCL instability is a varus knee. What size do you recommend ?
    • I would suggest gong with the wraparound in the smaller size
  • Carrie at 10/18/2015 8:34 PM
    • I dislocated and fractured my patella over 10 years ago. Later, I tore my meniscus and had surgery (almost 3 years ago). I still suffer from pain during some physical activity and my knee feels weak. I'm looking for a brace that will offer support for both my patella and meniscus for an upcoming ski trip. Will the Playmaker offer the support I need?
    • Carrie
      The Playmaker is a good brace that will support the knee but if you want patellar support as well you will need to go with the Playmaker II and choose w/patella doughnut option. https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-knee-brace another option for you is the Reaction Web Knee Brace. The Reaction will provide support for both problems and is alight weight short brace that you can wear while skiing.
  • Mitchell at 9/30/2015 3:48 PM
    • Could you provide instructions regarding the cleaning of the brace?
    • Mitchell
      Hand wash with a mild soap and let the brace air dry
  • Todd H at 9/11/2015 9:00 AM
    • My thigh is 18 1/2" knee14" and calf 12". That makes my thigh and knee right in between small and medium and calf in the small range. Would you recommend small or medium for me? I am looking at the Donjoy Playmaker knee brace.
    • Todd
      I would suggest going with the medium brace since these neoprene braces can run a little small
  • Melissa at 9/5/2015 6:11 PM
    • My daughter is 14 has a torn ACL and medial meniscus, she is a competitive cheerleader she currently weRs brace similar to the defiance III, however we are looking for a softer brace but still with the protection for the acl and especially the meniscus would this brace work?
    • Melissa
      There are no soft braces that will provide the same protection as a rigid knee brace. Moving her from a rigid knee brace to a soft will increase chances of re-injury or further injury.
  • Carl at 9/4/2015 10:58 AM
    • Hi, I dislocated my knee cap a couple of years ago playin ice hockey, in doing that I broke a piece of bone of that required two dissolvable screws. I have a hinged kneebrace, with a hole to keep my kneecap in place. This current kneebrace is very bulky and makes it difficult for me to skate. I was wondering if the play maker would be a good choice for me?
    • Carl
      I would suggest either the Trull-Pull Lite or the Hinged Lateral J knee brace. These brace will help stabilize the kneecap while still providing the medial lateral support you get with the hinged brace. The braces are low profile and not as bulky.
      https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-lateral-j-patella-knee-brace https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-tru-pull-lite
  • Mikayla at 6/9/2015 6:45 AM
    • Hello,
      A few years ago I had an accident and damaged my knee. X-rays and a CT scan didn't show any tears, but it has continued to bother me. I'm not super active but I ride horses, like to run, and am on my feet a lot. I'm looking for a supportive brace to prevent my knee from giving out and/or wobbling, and after talking to my physical therapist, he recommended the DonJoy Playmaker. Would that be most beneficial for my situation, or should I look for something else?
      Thank you!
    • You are correct, the DonJoy Playmaker will help prevent hyperextension, support the ligaments in your knee and protect from injury. You can use this brace for any activities, its low profile and comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time.
  • Ian at 5/8/2015 7:01 AM
    • Does the Playmaker allow control over range of motion, specifically during extension to help with hyperextension?
      What are other braces with this feature under $100?
      Thank you
    • Ian
      The Playmaker comes with a 10 degree extension stop installed to prevnt hyperextension. The brace does come with extra stops that can be added to restric extension if the 10 degree is not enough. We do not have any braces under $100 that have the ability to limit motion
  • Steve at 4/28/2015 4:12 PM
    • I injured my knee 35 years ago tearing the acl, mcl
      and meniscus my meniscus was removed but ligaments were not repaired 15 years ago I had an HTO performed on my knee which really help with the pain. I recently had my popliteal cyst retain fluid the burst I'm wondering if the playmaker is a good brace for me I still active but no contact type sports
    • Steve
      Yes the Playmaker will be a great brace to wear to protect your knee with activities. The brace provides mild to moderate stability for the ACL and MCL.
  • Jakob at 4/24/2015 7:57 AM
    • Hi,

      I have ACL surgery but would like to use the brace to provide some extra safety for walking and light sport, including easy skiing next winter.

      Is the Playmaker too long to fit above an alpine ski boot? I am 180 cm. high.

      Do you have other recommendations for a brace that is not too expensive that can be used for skiing?

    • Jacob
      The Playmaker can be used for walking but you should use a more supportive brace for Sking. The Don Armor with Fourcepoint hinge would be more appropriate. YOu can get the brace with a short calf to accomidate a ski boot.
  • gloria at 4/17/2015 1:49 PM
    • I am 79 years old. Had knee replacement 3 years ago and now the knee is hyperextended. I need a brace that's easy to put on and is comfortable to wear.
      I also have arthritis in the knee and lots of pain walking. What brace would you recommend to keep the pain stable and pain free?
    • Gloria
      The playmaker knee brace will offer the support you are asking for. The brace comes with a 10 degree extension stop installed to prevent hyperextension. It also comes with a bag of stops so if want to change the stop to a 20 degree you can.
  • Brett at 3/31/2015 9:29 AM
    • I recently had surgery on my left knee. I tore the quad muscle completely off the bone. No ligament or tendon damage at all, it all stayed attached to the muscle. I have been recovering nicely now for 3 months and I am looking for a smaller less bulky brace just for added support. The brace I have now (very bulky and heavy) was issued to me from my surgeon and he said I don't really need that one any more and recommended the Playmaker knee brace for me. I would have gotten it from him but my insurance wouldn't cover it and the cost was ridiculous from them. I guess my question would be: is this a good brace for me for this type of injury? Not that I don't trust my doctor, I would just like to hear your view because the reviews and such just talk about ACL/MCL type injuries. Or do you recommend a different type of brace (less bulky) for me? Any information will be helpful.
    • Brett
      Thank you for your question. The Playmaker brace is a good brace for you particularly because your physician recommended it.
      This brace is the premier soft good knee ligament brace and recommenced for activities of daily living. Not only is this brace extremely comfortable but it has a low-profile design.
      I would recommend a Playmaker brace with a Standard Hinge, in a Sleeve style with the Popliteal cutout in Drytex material. In order to figure out what size, you will want to measure the circumference of your thigh 6 inches above mid-kneecap, the circumference of your calf at 6 inches below the mid kneecap and the circumference at the center of your knee. These measurements should be taken while standing. The measurement key and directions on how to obtain a proper measurement can be found on our consumer website, betterbraces.com. You can order the brace on this website for $179.99.

      Please contact us if you have any additional questions.
  • Warren at 1/16/2015 7:57 AM
    • I have a Donjoy Playmaker knee brace for my right knee after a severe meniscus tear. I have recently injured my left knee but not as severe. Prior to my injury I was running about 25 miles a week at a about an 8 minute pace. I also go on extended backpacking trips in the Sierras and Rockies with about a 35-40 pound. pack (4-5 days). I got back to running a bit before my latest injury (while I was playing paintball with my son), but was going slower (8:45 pace) and for only about 30 minutes. I'm 56 years old. I've been doing recumbent biking at the gym to stay in shape, but don't enjoy it like running.

      Would another Playmaker knee brace be good for my left knee? Can I wear them both at the same time? Which material would you recommend for hiking? The one I currently have is neoprene. Does the drytex material hold up well (hiking can be a bit rough)? Cooler would be better if it's durable.
    • Warren
      Yes you can wear playmakers on both legs. The Drytex material is cooler than neoprene and is just as durable.
  • Fady Ezzat at 11/9/2014 1:26 AM
    • Hello , I'm suffering from Posterior Horn Medial Meniscus , what should I wear please ? and if I want to play soccer , what should I wear as well for . I can buy two kinds of knee if is necessary for both ( posterior and playing soccer ) thanks
    • The Playmaker II knee brace would be a good choice to wear to protect your knee from further damage while you play soccer. The spacer material is very light weight and cooler than neoprene and the brace has our four points of leverage strapping system to help protect from ligamentous injury. https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-knee-brace-2
  • Joe at 10/4/2014 6:39 PM
    • i was wondering if the knee brace also works as a patella brace.
    • Joe
      This brace would need to be ordered with a patellar donut to be effective in treating Patellofemoral pain, and that is not available on BetterBraces. You would need to order the brace from DJO Direct at 800-336-6569
  • John at 9/24/2014 11:53 AM
    • I had an ACl surgery an year back and after 3 months of the surgery i slipped in the snow and fell i had some pain and then stopped extreme physical activity and just a week ago i was playing foot ball and slipped again i feel the too much pain i think i need to have acl surgery again but my financial condition is not suitable as of now but i gained lot of weight after the surgery and want to loose weight by jogging or walking i need a suitable brace that helps me in daily physical activity.
    • John
      The Playmaker will give moderate support to the knee if you are only going to jogg or walk.
  • Bill at 7/21/2014 8:08 AM
    • does this work for Chondromalacia? I am a active person. I play basket ball and football. I have Chondromalacia, not serious. Is this suitable for me?
    • You can wear the Playmaker for that condition but you will need to get the brace with the donut pad
  • Scott at 7/20/2014 11:17 AM
    • what is the difference between the playmaker and the playmaker II? I tore my ACL and my meniscus over twenty years ago. All I am looking for is a brace for wakeboarding and golf. I like the playmaker but just want to know if one is better than the other. thx
    • Scott
      The Playmaker II is an updated version of the original Playmaker. It has a new lower profile hinge, different strap ends making it easier to apply the straps, and comes in a new spacer material that is lighter and cooler than the original neoprene.
  • Jim at 6/17/2014 8:46 PM
    • I am 75 yrs old and have arthritis in both knees My doctor says they are bone to bone. My health does not permit surgery. Now my left knee feels unstable from side to side. What type of brace would be best for stability?

    • Jim
      There are a couple of choices of knee braces that you can use. Take a look at the DonJoy OA Everyday Knee Brace https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-everyday-osteoarthritis-knee-brace This brace is for mild to moderate arthritis and easier than some of our other arthitis braces to put on. It has a adjustable hinge so you can unload the side of your knee that has the bone-on-bone arthritis. It also has a rigid frame to give you stability in your knee. The other option is the OA Lite https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-oa-lite-osteoarthritis-knee-brace If the idea of hveing a bigger bulky brace is not to your liking, this brace is a sleeve with one hinge that goes on the opposite side of where your arthritis is to unload that painful side.
  • jamie at 5/28/2014 1:01 PM
    • Can you go swimming with the brace on?
    • Yes just rinse with tap water and let air dry
  • Kyle Monroe at 5/13/2014 9:21 PM
    • i just recenlty had ACL/MCL surgery, and am (as im sure the Dr's are are to) looking into knee braces so i dont further/accidentally injure it during the healing process, what are the options/suggestions you would recommend?
    • Kyle
      The best kne braces after ACL reconstruction would be either the DonJoy Full Force ligament Knee Brace https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullforce-ligament-knee-brace or the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace with the FourcePoint Hinge: https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-armor-knee-brace-with-fourcepoint-hinge Both of these braces will protec your knee during the healing and rehab process. You an also use the brace for return to athletic activities if you are a active person.
  • Daniel at 5/5/2014 11:41 AM
    • I had surgery on my right knee to repair a medial meniscus bucket tear. I would like to start playing basketball again and am looking for a brace for my right knee. What would you recommend?

      I would also like to prevent injury to my left knee, which has never been injured before. Would you recommend I wear the same brace (as the one on my right knee with the meniscus tear) or would you recommend another?

    • Daniel
      The playmaker II with the fourcepoint hinge will protect the knee and will train the opposite knee as well iliminating the need for a second brace
  • Vage at 5/1/2014 10:14 PM
    • Hi are the playmaker hinges adjustable(does it java stops for flexing) ,how many degrees and can I do it myself?
    • Thank you for your question. The Playmaker will come standard with a 10 degree extension stop. The flexion/extension stops can be changed out, but must be done by a rep or a clinician, for liability concerns. Standard stops are extension: 0, 20 ,30 and 40 degrees; Flexion: 45, 60, 75, 90 degrees. Special stops are available for order.
  • Judy at 3/25/2014 3:38 PM
    • My husband had a stroke and his right side is paralyzed and he would like a brace to help him walk. Could u recommend one?
    • Judy
      First of all we would need to know if your husband needs a brace to keep his knee from buckling when he stands up. If so then there are only a few choices. One of our post-op braces that can lock in full extension such as the DonJoy TROM https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-trom-advance-knee-brace Tha is a long brace and realy not indicated for longterm use. Another possibility is the DonJoy Playmaker knee brace https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-knee-brace This brace has a free hinge(opens fully) but with the addition of the drop-lock hinge https://www.betterbraces.com/droplock-hinge-kit This hinge can be installed on the playmaker and will allow you to lock the brace in full extension when he stands up. If you do not need the locking of the brace the playmaker is still a great brace for general support of the knee. You can get a hold of a your local sales rep by going to djoglobal.com http://www.djoglobal.com/contact-us/sales-rep-locator The rep can assist with putting stops in the brace to restrict your husbands range of motion if needed.
  • Venessa at 3/23/2014 5:41 PM
    • Hi,
      I am a 53 year old, fairly active female. I tore my acl nearly 30 years ago, had reconstructive surgery, but it was not successful, there is now no ligament left. I've been told that I require a knee replacement, but I'm not ready for that yet. I'm a keen skier, but my knee is unstable. I'm looking at buying the Playmaker / Plymaker 11 or the Playmaker Fourcepoint. Which one would you recommend?
    • Venessa
      The Playmaker II with the Forcepoint hinge would be the best choice. The hinge is especially made to protect the knee after ACL surgery or in your case someone who has no ACL. The hinge will slow done extension in your knee to allow for maximal protection while skiing. A better option would be the DonJoy Armor FourcePoint Knee Brace. https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-armor-knee-brace-with-fourcepoint-hinge You can get this with a short calf so it will not interfere with your ski boots. The Armor is the best brace you can get for your situation, but the Playmaker II would be the option if you do not want a rigid knee brace
  • Trina at 3/21/2014 6:15 AM
    • I recently tore my meniscus (interior) & had surgery to remove the torn ligament. I also have a completely torn ACL (since high school basketball) but did not have surgery for the torn ACL. I am active and looking for a knee brace. I enjoy Zumba, line dancing, walking, light running, light basketball & exercising at the gym. Is the Playmaker (drytex) appropriate for me? Can the Playmaker come with Force Point hinges? I am small frame 125 lbs with thigh ~ 16 1/2". Wraparound or sleeve for small leg? Please advise.
    • Thank you for your question. The PlayMaker does come with FourcePiont Hinges https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-ii-fourcepoint. This would be an appropriate brace for you. For sizing, take all measurements for your leg, knee center, 6" above knee center and 6" below. If you fit well in to the small for all measurements a small would be appropriate. If you also fit into the XS or M for thigh or calf a wrap around could be better. Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.
  • carlo at 3/3/2014 3:22 AM
    • Hi! I' a wrestling coach; one of my wrestler have the CLP rebuilt a few months ago, now he want to start the sport (wrestling). Which brace do you recommend? Do you thing the playmaker is good or Armor is better? Many thanks!
    • What is the CLP? I ve been a athletic trainer for 21 years and I don't think I have heard of this abreviation
  • lj at 1/3/2014 8:34 PM
    • what is the difference between drytex and neoprene? which one will be better for playing football?
    • Neoprene is like wet suit material and Drytex is a fabric that is cooler with no laytex in it. The drytex might be cooler for football. Neoprene tends to collect sweat.
  • Dolly at 12/5/2013 1:51 PM
    • I completely tore my acl while skiing a year ago and was operated on eight months ago, I would like to get back into skiing, however am terrified to tear my acl again, can you recommend a suitable brace to protect me from tearing my acl again.
    • Dolly
      Thank you for contacting DJO. The best brace for you to use while skiing to prevent your knee from getting re-injured is the DonJoy Custom Defiance Knee Brace: https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-defiance-iii-custom-knee-brace This is our premiere ligament knee brace that is custom made for you only. If has our FourcePoint hinge and 4 Points of Leverage techinology that has been clinically proven to help reduce ACL tears up to 50%. If you are looking for a less expensive option we have a variety of patient ready braces including the DonJoy Armor with Fourcepoint Hinge Knee Brace: https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-armor-knee-brace-with-fourcepoint-hinge This brace has the same technology as the Defiance but you have to measure your leg in three different spots to pick a size. It has a Aluminum frame to protect from contact while you are skiing. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to ask us
  • Chris at 11/8/2013 10:12 AM
    • I play ice hockey goalie. The butterfly style I play causes a lot of stress to my knees. A couple years ago I partially tore my MCL and I'm looking for a brace like the Playmaker to use while I'm playing. The hinges generally get in the way and make using a hinged brace almost impossible. Any guidance would be appreciated.
    • Chris,
      A brace with hinges is going to offer the most support to your MCL. If you choose not to go with a rigid frame brace like the Armor for ligament support (which would be recommended for contact sports), the Playmaker would be a good option for you. This brace offers a low profile design and polycentric hinges. If you need further assistance please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your question.
  • chris at 11/5/2013 4:14 AM
    • My daughter is interested in the Playmaker 2. Her measurements are 21" thigh, 14.5" knee center and 12.5" calf. Should she go with a medium or some other type?
    • Chris,
      The DonJoy Playmake 2 comes in a wrap around option. This will allow a slightly more custom fit for your daughter. The wraparound along with the strapping a medium brace should fit your daughter knee. Thank you for contacting DJO. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any further questions or concerns.
  • Clarissa A. at 10/20/2013 9:03 AM
    • Hello, I just got my Donjoy playmaker brace to play basketball to prevent injury to my mcl again. I ordered a medium since that's the size my thigh measured to. But when I walk, it still pinches me a bit on the back of my knee. I would get a large, but it wouldn't fit my calf at all. since the medium barely fits my calf and knee. do you recommend anything to stop the pinching?
    • Clarissa
      Do you have the open back or the closed? The open tends to pinch the skin, maybe the closed would not pinch as much. The other option is to go with the Playmaker II instead. It has a soft material in the back of the brace to prevent that pinching and gathering that the neoprene can cause.
  • Brit at 10/14/2013 10:50 AM
    • I have had acl reconstruction surgery and also some meniscus surgery about 7 months ago. I am looking to get back into playing soccer. I was origionaly not going to use a brace but my friend recommended the play maker. I do not like a huge braces but I understand the need for protection. what would b the best brace for me?
    • Brit
      Thank you for contacting product support. The playmaker is an excellant choice. It provides support for moderate ACL instabilities and has our Four-Points of Leverage strapping system which is proven to help prevent ACL tears. Another good choice is the Full Force Knee Brace https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullforce-ligament-knee-brace. It is light weight and it not only has the Four-Points of Leverage, it also has our FourcePoint hinge, which protects the ACL while you are in the last degrees of extension when running. This is usually the position the leg is in when the ACL tears. The hinge creates force to slow the leg down when extending it and decreacing the force put on the ACL. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate on contacting us.
  • Alex at 10/12/2013 5:02 AM
    • Hello.
      Can I use this brace with ski boots ?
    • Alex
      Thank you for contacting product support. The playmaker is about 15.25" in length so depending on the length of your leg it could come right at the top of your boots. It is a soft brace so if it overlaps a little you could possibly simply tuck it in to the top of your boots. If you have a ACL injury you would want to stick with the Playmaker, but if you just have moderate ligament instability and are in need of support the DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace is a shorter brace withou only two straps instead of the four that the playmaker has. If you have anymore questions please do not hesitate to ask.
  • over the hill hockey at 10/5/2013 7:30 AM
    • I have been playing hockey for about 50 years. I have had surgery on my right knee twice about 30 years ago. I am missing my ACL and had posterior meniscus removed. Did some lateral damage playing about 8 months ago. I am looking for some increased lateral stability when playing. Will the playmaker work for this? I do not currently wear any form of brace, so my knee swells a bit every time I play. Please help and thanks
    • Over the Hill
      Thank you for contacting product support. The Playmaker is a good choice. It is a comfortable brace and it protects mild to moderate ligamentous instabilities. If you are not wwearing anything now this braces will make you feel like you have some support over that ACL deficiant knee. It comes in neoprene and a drytex material and you should get the sleeve type to give you a little compression for that swelling you get. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us
  • Brandin at 9/24/2013 11:14 AM
    • Hello, I recently tore my meniscus pad in Judo practice and am trying to find a good brace to help me heal up, since surgery isn't really an option right now. I keep looking at the playmaker but really don't know what's the best for me to use for rehab and possibly en even in class? Thank you,
    • Brandin,
      The playmaker is an excellent choice for knee protection in your situation. Another option you have is the DonJoy Deluxe Hinged Knee Brace. This brace also offers moderate support to knee instabilities and meniscus injuries. Hope this information helps you out. Please let us know if you have any further questions.
  • Beth at 8/11/2013 10:51 AM
    • Hi, I had ACL reconstruction on my left knee on 6/29/12. I then managed to tear same ACL in April of this year. I had ACL revision surgery on 5/31/13 and am currently in a DonJoy brace, very similar to several on this site - metal, hinged, 5 velcro straps two in front below knee, three in back, two above knee, one below.

      My question: I'm going to the beach in mid-September and my doctor is concerned about me being in the ocean, waves, undertow, etc. I'm looking for a waterproof brace that will be sufficient to support my newly repaired knee as my doctor wants me to take recovery VERY slowly this time around.

    • Hello Beth,

      Our knee braces can be worn in the ocean and pool, we recommend you rinse out with water when you exit to keep the brace clean from sand and chlorine.

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • Frank at 8/7/2013 6:38 PM
    • Im looking for a brace that I can both do workout such as squats and plyos in, as well as play basketball in. What would you recommend? I think i have jumpers knee. I was looking at this one or maybe the Reaction brace.
    • Hello Frank,

      We do have Patella Tendonitis Knee Braces, take a look at the Patella Straps, or the Donjoy Performer Knee Brace.

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • Brian at 8/3/2013 7:14 AM
    • My 14 yr old son broke his femur right through the growth plates above the knee. He is in a full leg cast but when it comes off the doctor recommends a brace for added stability. What brace do you feel would be best? Playmaker? His leg measures 16" thigh, 14.5" knee and 14" calf. What size? Thank you!
    • Hello Brian,

      The playmaker is 16 inch's in length, it has a medial and lateral metal support. If you need a short brace we have the Deluxe Hinged Knee which measures 13inch's in length.

      Your current measurements are a little off, does his thigh look like it has atrophy. If so, I would the Medium because he will gain the muscle back as he becomes more active.

      14.5": medium

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • George at 7/20/2013 7:40 PM
    • I recently experienced a mild MCL sprain to my right knee while playing socer and wearing a hinged brace (due to a previous I jury 10 years prior). I have been rehabbing vigorously and think I am close to thinking I can return to playing. I would like to find a brace that would reduce the potential of reinjury. I am leaning towards the Drytex, sleeve pull on Playmaker.

      Any considerations?
    • Hello George,

      The Playmaker is a great choice for protecting your MCL and LCL from injury. If you are also looking to protect your ACL you will need to look at the Rigid Knee Braces.

      Drytex is great for Hot Climates, and for someone who plans to workout and sweat in the brace.


      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • Mary at 7/19/2013 1:33 AM
    • I have an acute lateral meniscal tear w/ a portion of the meniscus bulging out and degeneration to my knee and the feeling of instability. I'm not sure if I have patellar involvement as well but I can tell you this much, my leg now looks deformed and swollen. I teach Zumba and I work as an EMT as well and do a lot of walking, lifting, and lots of high impact movement. I have lots of popping and I can't fully straighten my knee out or bend it comfortably to at least a 90' angle. It is constantly burning and swelling and it's getting harder to walk. I want to be able to walk without pain and enjoy doing active things again like running or any of the Les Mills formats like BodyPump and BodyCombat as well as teaching my Zumba classes while I wait for surgery. I can't afford the expensive OA braces and my budget is $200 max. What is a good brace that can help offload the pain as well as provide support while doing these activities?
    • Hello Mary,

      Unfortunately you are not a good candidate for an OA Brace. It is recommend that only 1 compartment be damaged, you have medial and lateral injuries to your meniscus. The brace would actually cause you pain by offlloading. Typically how is works is that you would offload the weight off the injured side to the healthy side of your knee. But in your case, you would offload your weight to an injured side which would cause pain. It is possible to get a Custom OA with bilateral OA hinges and you can alternate the side you offload each day.

      In the meantime, the playmaker would provide support for your daily activities.

      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.

  • Oscar at 6/22/2013 3:05 PM
  • Angie Wong at 6/6/2013 12:48 AM
    • Hello:
      My dimensions are thigh 16" knee 12" calf 13", since I plan to get the wrap-around model, should I take S? Will the knee support be ok since my knee is 12"?

      I would use this brace for skiing mostly.

      Regards / Angie
    • Hello Angie,

      You fall into a Small, and because you are looking at the Wrap-around version it will provide a little more flexibility.

      Please call a Product Specialist for additional questions. 1-888-405-3251.
  • Gary Stewart at 5/30/2013 11:45 AM
  • Kyle at 5/30/2013 8:05 AM
    • Hey i had my acl repaired and had a slight tear in my mcl and as a result my knee joint is a little loose. I am looking to get back to playing soccer again and i am wondering if this brace is a good choice for what im looking for, or is there another that i should look in to?
    • Hello Kyle,

      Depending on the level of play, I suggest a Rigid Hinge Brace with a fourcepoint hinge to protect the ACL Graft as it heals. The FullForce is a great option for soccer players, its lightweight.

      Below find the link to the FullForce Brace.


      Have a Great Day.
  • matt at 5/16/2013 10:22 PM
    • I'm a soccer player with 2 ACL reconstructions. I have a hard brace for my left knee that my doctor gave me. I'm looking at the playmaker for use on my right knee. Would this brace provide fairly good support for the knee? My doctor said that I should need a brace but I have some doubts with that.
    • Your looking at a Playmaker for the right knee. Was this the knee with an ACL reconstruction?

      If so, then you should be an a Rigid Knee Brace like the Fullfource/Armour, depending on your activity level, and if you plan to return to soccer.

      The playmaker is designed for Mild Ligament Sprains. Not designed to be worn after ACL Surgery.

      If you would like to speak to a Product Specialist please call us at 1-888-405-3251.


      Have a Great Day.
  • Arthur at 5/12/2013 5:15 PM
    • Hi,
      I had an ACL surgery 6 years ago and I got back in playing ice hockey for about 8 months already. Once in a while (I would say once every 5-6 games), my knee feel soreness on the knee after the game probably due to the stress from hard skating. Is this brace good enough or should I go for a more heavy duty model (ie. Defiance) for more support on the knee and hopefully reduce the soreness. ( I usually play once a week and this is for beer league, nothing professional). Thanks
    • Hello, Arthur -

      For your specific injury and sport, we would actually recommend the DonJoy Armor. It is a more robust brace that can withstand the blows of a collision sport and provide the appropriate support for your ACL. The DonJoy Playmaker will only provide for mild to moderate support of your ACL and general knee.

      If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our product specialists at 888-405-3251.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!
  • Bruno at 4/20/2013 7:15 AM
    • Hi,
      First of all it's great to see that you have this place where one can ask questions and be given advice before purchasing.

      I am 27 years old and 3 months ago I sprained my right knee playing basketball (first time I ever injured it). It was very painful and I couldn't walk normally for a couple of days. After 2 weeks I could walk normally and after 4 weeks I ran 1 mile without any pain / problems. I went back to playing basketball but then it happened again. 1 week later I saw 2 physiotherapists and a doctor who all said that surgery wasn't necessary. I was diagnosed with a grade 2 partiel LCL rupture. It's been 2 months since it happened the 2nd time and I still don't have 100% flexibility and the knee feels unstable, so it will probably be another month or two before I can play again. Which knee brace would you recommend to prevent further injury? I will only be playing basketball 2-3 timers per week and run occasionally.

      Thanks in advance,

    • Hello, Bruno -

      We would recommend the DonJoy Playmaker Knee brace for appropriate support for your knee and activity.

      If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our product specialists at 888-405-3251.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day.
  • Dj Knorr at 4/7/2013 10:57 AM
    • Can you remove the hinge from the playmaker, and put them into a bigger sleeve ??
    • Hello, DJ -

      No, you cannot remove the hinge from the Playmaker to put them in a bigger sleeve. The hinge was manufactured to be worn with this specific brace.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!
  • Jevaun at 3/19/2013 4:41 PM
    • What's the best knee brace I can play basketball in? I torn my ACL in 2010 & did surgery August 2011. My knee is ok but not a full strength I think but when I play basketball I use a knee pad but my knee hurts after I'm done playing, so what's the best knee brace I can play in that I can run, jump etc ?
    • Jevaun,
      The absolute best brace is our custom made Defiance or Defiance III, It is used by several professional players both in the NBA and overseas. As for off the shelf, you should look at an Armor or FullForce.
  • Sonia Spruill at 11/22/2012 12:18 PM
    • Does the Playmaker have locking hinges? Like at 0, 15, 90 degrees ect?
    • Hello, Sonia -

      Yes the Playmaker does have locking hinges for both extension and flexion. There are several types of hinges available that offer this.

      If you have further questions, we encourage you to contact our product support specialists at 888-405-3251.

      Thanks and have a great day!
  • Geralyn at 11/11/2012 6:57 PM
    • My 12 year old daughter has a hyper flexible knee cap. Her knee cap clicks and is sometimes painful. She is going to PT to strengthen her quads and hamstrings, but her orthopedic doctor also recommended a knee brace. He didn't specify which one. What brace would you recommend to stabilize her knee cap and prevent it from shifting? She will need to be able to tumble and vault with this on. If it is available in flesh color, that would be great to prevent deductions in meets.
    • Hello, Geralyn -

      We would recommend teh REACTION WEB Knee Brace for patella stabilization. Here is the website for more product information: http://www.djoglobal.com/products/donjoy/reaction-web-knee-brace

      Unfortunately they are not manuafactured in "flesh" color.

      Thanks and have a great day!
  • Shannon at 9/12/2012 9:32 PM
    • Hi, if I want to wash my brace in the machine washer should I remove the hinges first?
    • Hi Shannon,

      The brace should be hand washed wild mild detergent and air dried.

      Have a nice day.
  • Jon at 9/8/2012 11:21 PM
    • Question about donjoy playmaker sizing. I did my measurements according to those listed under sizing. However, I dont fit full in a medium or a large. My measurements are; 6 inch above = 20.5, middle = 16, 6 inch down = 15.5. Do you recommend med or large and if the size was wrong can i exchange?
    • Hi Jon

      The Medium will probably fit you better. You have 90 days to return the brace.

      Thank you and have a great day.
  • Jake at 8/11/2012 1:25 PM
    • What would the best knee brace be to prevent Patellar Subluxation during sports?
    • The Tru-Pull Advanced will help the kneecap track in the correct line and give stability for ligament issues
  • Jay at 7/31/2012 6:36 PM
    • Hello,

      I have two questions:

      1) My knee measurements are: Thigh: 46.5 mm; Knee center: 37.5 mm; Calf: 34.0 mm. According to the sizing chart, my thigh and calf require a small, but my knee center requires a medium. What size should I get?

      2) I am buying this prior to seeing the doctor two weeks from now. The pain I experience occurs primarily during motions where my foot is planted and my leg is twisting, or if my foot is planted at a slight angle to the direction I am going, and I push off with that foot. Which intermediate brace is designed to support those symptoms?

      Thank you.
    • You should size off of your knee, you want the brace to fit comfortably at the knee. The Playmaker offers a moderate support for many ligamentous injuries of the knee.
  • anwarul haque at 7/24/2012 9:45 PM
    • hi
      recently i had hoffa fracture on left femurdistal condyle and operated on 7 april 12
      and three titanium screw applied on fracture.During operation doctor dicovered that I am having an ACL4th grade torn, doctor did not reconstructed it and adviced for surgery at least after one year.know i am unable walk properly.MY age is 42yrs and wt 65kg height 5.3feet. I do job in automobiles company.
      kindly suggest which type of knee brace to use as per your specification
      I am residing in india ,how to purchase if you have any out let in India let me know
    • I would recommend the Defiance, It is custom made for your leg and will give you the best fit. You can find a sales rep by going to our DJO Global website, here is the link tyo find a distributor in India: http://djoglobal.com/customer-care/worldwide-distributors
  • jon at 6/23/2012 2:06 PM
    • which mateial is better for water sports drytex or neoprene?
    • Either can be worn in water. Wet suits are made from neoprene. The drytex is a lighter material that "breaths" more than the neoprene does
  • Meaghan at 6/15/2012 8:29 PM
    • Is the drytex material of the Donjoy Playmaker waterproof ? For example, would it be OK to wear in the rain?
    • Our drytex material can be worn in pools or in water. Yes, you can wear the brace in the rain. To clean the brace we reccomend tap water a mild detergent and to air dry.
  • Joe at 5/16/2012 10:10 AM
    • Another question: what model do you recommend for moderate/severe MCL instability, for use during competitive basketball?


    • Either the Playmaker or the FullFource.
  • Cathi at 4/19/2012 12:40 PM
    • I tore my ACL and meniscus and have been wearing the Playmaker for 4 weeks? I would like to wash it and am not sure how. Please advise.
    • You can hand wash with laundry detergent, rinse, and air dry.
  • Kim at 4/18/2012 11:24 AM
    • Recently, I completely tore my ACL during a skiing accident, and have currently opted not to have surgery as we will be traveling for vacation. Will the Donjoy Drytex Playmaker be supportive enough for me while hiking/golfing? I'm also looking for something that is breathable during the hot summer months.
    • For a torn ACL and active or non contact sports we recommend the Donjoy FullForce.
  • Skip at 4/14/2012 7:42 AM
    • I recently injured my left knee while playing golf. The injury occurred during a tee shot and I was diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain/tear of my MCL. My physical therapist recommended that I use a knee brace until my knee is healed and strong enough to play golf without one. Two questions requiring your expertise:

      (1) What knee brace do you recommend for my injury while playing golf?

      (2) For golf, do you recommend wrap-around or sleeve for stability/comfort?

      Thank you and looking forward to your reply!!!
    • Hi Skip,

      1) The Playmaker or Deluxe Hinged knee braces are appropriate for a MCL injury. The Playmaker is longer and therefore more supportive.

      2) The stability is the same whether you purchase a wraparound or sleeve. The style is more so based on ease of putting the brace on. If your leg measurments are in different categories, you may achieve a better fit with a wraparound.

      Have a nice day.
  • Frank at 3/29/2012 7:17 PM
    • I recently recieved the Donjoy Playmaker knee brace with the wraparound drytex to wear outside pants, however it is a little big against the skin. Can I purchase a separate drytex sleeve to attach the brace to and pull on for more active sports? Thanks
    • If the hinges are too bulky the Economy Hinged Knee has lower profile hinges that are covered and may fit under your pants better. Ideally, keep the brace directly to your skin to keep the brace up on your leg better.
  • Monica at 1/25/2012 2:29 PM
    • How do I determine whether I should have an open or closed popliteal? Are there any advantages to the wrap-around vs the sleeve?
    • The open or closed pop, is a personal preference, it is an opening on the back side of your knee. The open pop is going to allow more airflow to the knee, but if you get a lot of knee swelling, I would recommend you get a closed pop, to prevent the swelling from going out the back area. Some people prefer the wrap on, just cause it's easier than pulling on a sleeve, but that again is a personal preference.
  • Warren Knowles at 1/12/2012 11:21 AM
    • I am considering purchasing the Donjoy Playmaker Knee Brace. I was recently fitted for a wrap around Hanger knee brace but the cost was prohibitive. The Donjoy Playmaker looks almost identical to the Hanger but has four straps to the Hangers two straps and is 1/4 the cost. I was unaware of a sleeve knee brace until I saw the Donjoy. The knee brace was recommended by my doctor for the purpose of playing tennis with a torn meniscus. The sleeve looks less cumbersome and more comfortable for such a purpose. What benefits/drawbacks does the sleeve offer over the wrap around?
    • The Playmaker offers mild support to the knee joint. For your condition and activity level it would be best to go with the product your doctor prescribed.
  • Donna Lautenschlager at 12/30/2011 8:37 AM
    • does the playmaker knee brace keep the knee from bending past 90 degrees?
    • Hi Donna,

      The Playmaker can have a flexion stop installed to prevent the knee from bending past 90 degrees.

      If you have additional questions, please call 1-800-553-6019.

      Have a nice day.
  • John K at 11/22/2011 7:37 PM
    • My daughter is a full time soccer player. She was recently diagnosed with an MCL sprain and the Playmaker knee brace was prescribed by her sports med doctor. Can she still play while wearing the brace and will it keep her from further injuring the MCL?
    • She can continue to wear the Playmaker during functional activity. As long as the brace has hinges and uprights it will help protect her MCL and those side to side cutting motions.
  • Wounder Grrl at 11/4/2011 10:26 AM
    • I am a 42 year old roller derby player. My knees tend to *pop* and swell when getting hit and when falling on my knees. I would like a rigid brace that minimizes medial/lateral movement but still allows full bending motion. Is the DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Knee Brace a good option? What do you recommend?
    • Hey Wounder Grrl,

      The Playmaker comes in either a neoprene or drytex material and while it is not considered a rigid brace it does provide good medial and lateral support. I reccommend geting the "open pop" (opening in the back of the brace) option to help with bending motion. There is an option with this brace to get a patella donut. That may be nice for you as it would provide some cushioning when you fall on your knees.

      If you have additional questions please call, 1-800-553-6019

      Have a great day.
  • ROD at 10/20/2011 9:00 AM
    • HELLO,


    • The DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Knee Brace, DonJoy Hinged Knee Brace or OA Lite would assist you in your condition and activity level.
  • Paul at 7/31/2011 2:47 AM
    • Hi there,

      I have a question about the size and what brace I should buy and I am interested in playmaker.

      My measurements are:

      Thigh: 18.5
      Knee centre: 14.5
      Calf: 14.5

      It is in between S and M, what size do u suggest I should buy?

      I am a volleyball player and played for 20 years. Did my MRI last year and said my ligament is almost gone. I can hardly jump now and I got lots of pain after sport. If I still want to play volleyball, which brace do you recommend? I still want to play few more years before I do surgery.
    • I would reccommend a Medium Full Fource for your condition and sport.
  • Jay at 7/25/2011 1:30 PM
    • I need a brace for wakeboarding. Are these braces waterproof?
    • Yes these braces are water proof. We also offer the Donjoy Legend Knee Brace which has a Krayton Rubberized cover over the frame that protects the frame against rust and corosion. We advise wearing a sports cover over the brace while participating in water sports because the water current does loosen the straps.
  • David Maroski at 7/24/2011 11:46 AM
    • I have a torn miniscus (spelling?) and must post pone surgery until a less active time. I am a professional photographer and must be on my feet for events the next 3 months. What brace can help maintain stability and strength during my on my job times. I have continued to work out every day with free weights in the gym even after this injury (late April). I must however be careful as to my movements. Thanks for you reply.
    • I would suggest getting the OA Adjuster. This brace is an offloading style of brace. It will push on the unaffected side of the knee creating a larger space for the affected side, helping to prevent your knee bones from rubbing and grinding on the torn meniscus. I have used this brace for the same issues and it will allow you to still be very functional. I even ran in my brace until I had surgery.
  • John at 6/8/2011 7:28 PM
    • I tore my ACL 40 years ago. They couldn't fix ACL's back then so I had a surgery to support my knee, It worked and it has been fine for all this time. Suddenly I am having pain and swelling when I play tennis, The pain occurs in my right leg on hyper extension when I swing my forehand ( I am righty) and when I walk on my treadmill fast and land on an over extended knee. What brace would help me?
    • The DonJoy Playmaker, will provide you with light support, it is more for mild ACL sprains. If you are ACL deficient I would suggest looking at one of our rigid frame braces. They will provide you with more support and actually help more with the lack of ligament. the Legend, Armor, or Full Force are the top ones that I would recommend.
  • Rebecca at 5/12/2011 1:35 PM
    • I got a grade 2 MCL tear 3 months ago playing soccer..I am ready to start playing again, but the brace I have now(with Neoprene stays) doesnt give me the support I need. After reading about the playmaker I want to purchase it..I am afraid that if it doesnt fit correctly would I be able to exchange or return the brace for a different size? or get my money back? Thank-you
    • Yes we have a 90 day return policy, where you can return, or exchange it for a different size.
  • Kevin at 5/5/2011 10:25 AM
    • I had medial meniscus surgery on my left knee 40 yrs ago and until recently had no issues with the knee. i have recently undergone gel shots to reduce arthritic pain with some success however, when i play golf the knee feels unstable when following thorugh with my swing and the knee susequently swells causing additional instability. is there a brace out there that will stabilize the knee and help control the swelling thus allowing me to enjoy the game i love? thanks
    • The Donjoy Playmaker will provide you with joint stability while playing golf. Should you have any other questions please let us know.
  • Rafael Vargas at 5/4/2011 11:33 AM
    • Which Knee brace is best for basketball? I recently had reconstructive ACL surgery on Nov 29, 2010. Ive been playing some basketball with a brace i got from ACE knee brace and it doesnt feel bad, but i would like something a bit better. Which knee brace would be best for me ?
    • Donjoy FullFource. It has a fourcepoint hinge which is the only hinge clinically proven to protect the ACL. 4 Points of Leverage to keep the ACL from allowing your shin to slid forward and a rigid aluminum frame to absorb any contact.
  • Clay at 4/16/2011 5:36 PM
    • Can this brace be worn in the water, Or do you have one made of neoprene? If not can you recommend one for surfing?
    • Yes, This can be worn in the water. After use in the water, be sure to rinse the brace with clean water and let air dry.
  • Horon at 4/8/2011 10:46 AM
    • Can you wash the brace good sir?
    • Hey,
      Yes you can wash the DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Knee Brace. But you have to wash the brace in the sink, by hand, with mild detergent. And then let it air dry.

  • Rick at 3/1/2011 7:44 AM
    • My measurements are Thigh=19.5", Knee=16", Calf=16.5" which is between a Medium and a Large. I would assume a large would be best but should I choose a Wrap-Around so I can adjust it for a better fit since I'm not clearly in one size or the other?
    • Agreed, I would go with a large. As far as a sleeve versus a wraparound, it is based on personal preference. The sleeve tends to be more snug, where the wraparound you have to adjust the tightness. The wraparound is a little easier to put on, just because you do not have to pull the sleeve up and other the calf and knee. If you are looking for easiest fit and adjustability, I would go with the wraparound style.
  • Joey at 2/26/2011 7:23 PM
    • I partially tore my ACL four months ago, I did not undergo surgery. I will be playing football again soon, will this brace support my ACL and be able to withstand full contact football?
    • If you are playing football with a partially torn ACL, you would need a rigid frame knee brace, not the playmaker. The custom Defiance, Armor, or FullForce braces would be much more beneficial to you. They would provide the protection you need, the playmaker is not heavy duty enough for football.
  • Fank Garcia at 2/10/2011 7:11 PM
    • My Daughter recently injured her right knee while pitching. While She step with her left and drag her right leg causing her leg to twists sideways in the dirt then squaring off straight, placing strain and pain inside her right knee.
      Her injury said to be mild and no tears but seem to be bad stretch in the inside MCL
      Sport med gave her there standard type brace, but after wearing for 3-5 inning she get muscle knots upper thigh and behind her lower calve where the strap are applied.
      What knee brace would be recommended .
    • With the Playmaker brace, there are 4 straps that are used to help hold the brace on. When used if the straps are pulled too tight it can cause the muscle there to tighten up some, so making for sure that the size is appropriate for the wearer. If the straps have to be pulled too tight, then the brace is too big. As for a sleeve versus a wraparound. I would suggest doing a sleeve, it will provide more support and not feel like it is slipping down like the wraparound style may tend to feel. The playmaker will provide support to the MCL and give the entire knee more stability and support, while allowing your daughter to be functional during activity.
  • Jim at 2/4/2011 6:33 PM
    • I notice that DonJoy offers the Armor Ski Version knee brace. I don't need the level of support offered by that brace but I do need the shortened calf to accomidate my ski boot. Will the DonJoy Drytex Playmaker brace clear my ski boot and not pinch me at the back of my boot?

    • This depends on the height of your ski boot in relation to the length of the brace itself, as well as your leg length.

      Please give us a call @ 800-553-6019 with this information and a product specialist can advise you further.
  • Juan at 2/3/2011 8:36 AM
    • What brace would be the best for running a Marathon in? I had ACL reconstruction about 4 years ago, but my knee has never been back to its normal function. Recently I was told my ACL was loose and I needed a reconstruction, also a healed tear on the outside lateral ligament. I do not want to get operated, because think a brace can help.
    • With a reconstruction on a ACL and the possibility of it possibly having a reinjured again. I would suggest you do a more rigid frame brace with a ForcePoint Hinge. This hinge has a built in mechanism that is going to slow the knee from extending to quickly, which is what can injure the ACL further. It will not make you slower as far as running pace is considered though. The top two brace that I would recommend is either the FullForce Brace, or the Armor Brace. They both have the new low pro ForcePoint hinge on them, which is going to be lower profile so it will not bump into your other leg while running. The more rigid brace is going to provide you with more stability and support of the ACL.
  • will at 1/19/2011 9:22 AM
    • To Whom It May Concern,

      I am a semi pro football player. I torn my Mencius last fall and I am looking for a knee brace so I can continue playing sports at my young age of 20. I have plans to play soccer this fall for my college and return to football next year. Which knee brace would be good for me??

      Thanks for all your help!!
    • Hello Will,

      The DonJoy Playmaker is a great brace to start with to see if it will provide enough support, or if you'll need to upgrade to a full rigid hinged brace.
  • Emir Santic at 1/16/2011 1:26 PM
    • HI

      I had a MCL tear a few months back, and have been using a kneebrace that Im not quite satisfied with. Now Im looking to get back to the sport from which I got injured from, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and I need a kneebrace that works well with the sport. The sport requires a lot of wrestling on the ground, and therefore the brace I've been using, tends to slipp off, rather quickly. Im thinking about buying the DonJoy Playmaker, would you recommend it for my situation? If so, should I order wraparound or sleeve? Open or close popliteal? Im looking forward to your answer.
    • Hello Emir,

      I'd recommend the DonJoy Drytex Playmaker in a Sleeve configuration. The popliteal is the opening behind the knee, and more of a user preference.
  • Frank Thomas at 1/8/2011 9:29 AM
    • I am interested in the Playmaker

      My measurements are:
      Thigh 19.5"
      Knee Center 16"
      Calf 14.5"

      Should I go with the Medium Size wraparound instead of the Medium Sleeve due to my 16" Knee center dimension being larger than the 14"-15" range on the medium knee center?

    • We recommend a medium size.
  • Joe Cattell at 12/8/2010 3:20 PM
    • I have recently had surgery to repair a torn Meniscus and Meniscal cyst.
      Im considering purchasing the the Don Joy Playmaker to provide additional support for my knee when I am snowboarding.
      Any recommendations?, and is this a good choice to protect and support the knee while boarding.
      Joe Cattell
    • Hello Joe,

      Short of a rigid brace, a playmaker will provide the best support from our line of soft hinged brace.
  • Elizabeth at 11/25/2010 3:42 PM
    • I have had this brace for almost two years now and have lost the instruction manual and would like the washing instructions please. I have the DonJoy playmaker sleeve. Thanks in advance
    • Hello Elizabeth,

      Hand wash in mild detergent and let air dry.
  • Jim Elmore at 11/21/2010 1:31 PM
    • I have a playmaker knee brace I got after knee surgery 10 years ago. I would like to get another as I have injured the other knee. I have a question about sizing. I believe what I have is a large, but your size chart indicates I need a medium. What I have is a good fit. How do I determine what size I have? The markings are worn off.
    • Hello Jim,

      If the markings have worn off then you aren't able to identify the sizing of the DonJoy Playmaker. The only other way would be if you kept your order slip with the product part number.
  • Hugh Nelson at 11/15/2010 8:19 PM
    • Two more questions if you don't mind.

      1) How do you clean the brace? Can you wash it in a washing machine?

      2) I'ved noticed that there is no distinction made when ordering between a right and left leg playmaker. Can this be worn on either leg?

      Thanks so much!
    • Hello again Hugh!

      The brace can be hand washed using mild detergent and air dried.

      This brace is universal left or right, meaning the brace can be worn on either side.

      Keep the questions coming!
  • Hugh Nelson at 11/15/2010 8:12 PM
    • If I have both PCL and ACL issues, would the playmaker sleeve with the open back work for me?

      Thanks so much!
    • Hello Hugh,

      The pop opening behind the knee is preference only. It will not increase or decrease the effectiveness of the brace. It's mostly a comfort option.
  • gabino at 11/7/2010 12:12 PM
    • Is the material on the knee brace machine washable?
    • Yes it is. Wash on the delicate cycle, with a mild detergent and then air dry. DO not place in the dryer.
  • Jerry at 11/7/2010 9:26 AM
    • I have had a full knee replacement and have a torn MCL and would like to get back into golf and softball. Will the wrap-around Playmaker help protect my knee and mcl and reduce the mcl pain for these activities?
    • The DonJoy Playmaker will offer some protection and support for your knee. The compression it provides may help reduce some of the pain as well. If you feel like you need more support and protection consider a Rigid Knee Brace like the DonJoy Armor. The Playmaker is great for lighter activities like golf and softball. If you get into any contact sports the DonJoy Armor will offer more protection for your knee.
  • Jessica at 10/18/2010 2:22 PM
    • What are the instructions to wash the knee brace?
    • Hand wash, or machine wash on the delicate cycle, in cold water with a mild detergent, and lay flat to dry.
  • Mike at 9/11/2010 10:51 AM
    • I had artroscopic surgury to excise damaged portions of both my medial menisci and lateral menisci. During surgury my ACL wa found to be completely torn. I opted not to undergo ACL repair surgury. If I intend to play softball/golf which brace would you believe best for me.
    • Hello Mike,

      The DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Wraparound/Sleeve will be a great brace for your activity level.
  • ilya evans at 9/1/2010 12:46 PM
    • I am intersted in drytex playmaker wraparound /sleeve. I only will use it for surfing. The question is does all that neoprene make it heavier in the water?

      Ilya Evans
    • Hello,

      The Neoprene material is same material used in a surfers wetsuit. The brace will get heavier in the water, but not to the point where it becomes unusable.

      If you use this brace in salt water, be sure to rinse with fresh water after use.
  • Amy at 7/22/2010 1:12 PM
    • I am a 3 sport athlete and play basketball, softball and volleyball. I recently was diagnosed with a fat pad injury, but also have a severe hyperextension problem. Earlier in the injury I had an acl sprain as well. My therapist is giving me a brace, but isn't sure which one. What do you recommend?
    • We actually recommend the DonJoy Full Force Knee Brace. This will help protect against further injury, and prevent hyper extension. Follow the link for more product information.

  • Graham at 6/7/2010 10:28 PM
    • Hi, I am looking for a knee support/brace that I can wear while playing golf, one that will allow me to walk but restrict any twisting action during my swing. The main aim is to preserve what medial meniscus I have left in my right knee. In the past 18 months I have torn the medial meniscus in my right knee twice, both times in the same area and both times I have had surgery to remove the tear. I am also showing early signs of arthritis so I may also need to consider this when choosing a support. Do you have a brace that you can recommend?

    • The Donjoy Playmaker Knee Brace is an ideal brace for your type of injury and works great while playing golf. The medial and lateral hinges provide excellent ligament support and stabilizes your knee. The Drytex material is great for warmer weather as it allows for more airflow.
  • Sandy at 5/23/2010 3:52 AM
    • My daughter recently strained her knee while playing softball. An MRI revealed a 5-10% tear in her ACL and a medial meniscus tear. She has been under a drs. care but he recently released her to play whatever she wants without a brace. He opted not to do an ACL surgery at this time and thinks the meniscus will heal on its own. I concerned about her further tearing her ACL although the doctor said it is stable. She is in basketball, volleyball, softball, and is a runner. She wants to continue doing these things and I would feel better if she wore a brace for support. She just recently finished her freshman year. I would like for her to get a brace so she can play those sports in her high school career. What do you recommend?
    • Ultimately her doctor will know best. But the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace would be a good choice for lower impact activities like you mentioned. A more rigid knee brace like the DonJoy FullForce would be the next step up in the amount of protect. The more rigid the materials a knee brace is made from the more protection it typically offers. Check with her doctor to see if the DonJoy Playmaker will be good for her ACL issue.
  • Linda at 5/16/2010 6:43 PM
    • I have moderate osteoarthritis with a moderate ACL tear. Which brace would be right for me?
    • If your doctor has diagnosed you with compartmental OA then one of our OA braces would be best. With an ACL tear the OA Adjuster is recommended. We recommend talking to your doctor to see if an OA brace is needed, if all you need is ligament support and stability the Playmaker is the best choice. It will stabilize your ACL to help prevent further injury.
  • Jun at 4/11/2010 5:46 PM
    • What knee brace is best for runners? I recently had ACL reconstruction and would like to ease back into running and possibly no contact sport (volleyball, basketball, etc). What knee brace do you recommend?


    • The Donjoy Drytex Playmaker is a great brace to wear if you are trying to ease back into any athletic activity. It will protect and stabalize the ACL/MCL/LCL/PCL ligaments while active. We recommend wearing the cooler more breathable Drytex version for added comfort since you will be running and playing sports in the brace.
  • Stephen at 4/8/2010 7:45 AM
    • Dear Sir/Madam,

      I had undergone an ACL surgery almost 10 years ago now. And during this 10 years I never played major sports.

      As of today I still feel that my ACLK is not so effective, as knee is quite free, and I fear that it might give away easily.

      Now I would like to play sports like Squash, Tennis , Basket ball can you please advise the best brace which should be suitable.
    • I understand that you are looking for an ACL brace that is geared for a more active lifestyle. Since you aren't playing any contact sports, I'll reccommend a non-rigid brace.

      Take a look at the DonJoy PlayMaker.


      In addition to providing superior ACL support, the Playmaker is an extremely comfortable brace to wear. A low profile design, breathable fabric, and polycentric hinges that allow for uninhibited movement of the knee make this brace a favorite amongst athletes.

      The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is available as a sleeve or wraparound brace, and with or without open popliteal cutout (opening behind the knee)
  • Alison at 3/25/2010 10:31 AM
    • What does Open Popliteal mean?
    • The popliteal describes the area in the back of the knee where your knee bends. When a knee brace has an opening the back we say it has an "Open Popliteal". The benefits of an open popliteal knee brace is they tend to be more comfortable than other knee braces that are closed in the back. There is less pinching of the material when your knee is bent. They are also a bit cooler as more skin is exposed.
  • Ryan at 3/19/2010 3:32 PM
    • What is the difference between the sleeve and wraparound version?
    • A sleeve version of this knee brace requires you to remove your shoe and slide the knee brace over your foot.

      A wraparound knee brace is applied to the knee by wrapping it around and attaching it with Velcro.

      Each version has it's own pros and cons:

      Sleeve Knee Brace
      Pros: Fits more snugly and stays in place. Once it's on it's requires little adjustment

      Cons: Harder to get on and off, doesn't work well over pants

      Wraparound Knee Brace
      Pros: Easier to apply especially for those with less hand strength, can be worn over thin pants, 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.

      Cons: Velcro can loosen during activity requiring a quick tightening of the Velcro.
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