How to choose your knee brace for sport?

An average of one in four people will suffer a knee injury. A knee brace used during sports can prevent such injuries or help them heal.


Who needs a knee brace?

A knee brace is a medical device that protects and supports your knee joint to prevent injury or help with healing.

Knee braces are for people with joint, tendon or ligament pain. They are also popular with people who are particularly demanding of their knees, like athletes.

Knee braces support the joint, strengthening its natural function and helping to reduce pain.

People with unstable kneecaps or fragile ligaments can use a knee brace to protect their joint.


When should you use a knee brace for sports?

There are three types of knee braces:

  • Ligament brace. It protects an injured ligament, a stretched but not torn ligament or when there is edema.
  • Patella brace. It helps to ease pain in the kneecap. It keeps the patella, the flat bone located directly on the knee, in its natural track.
  • Immobilizer. Sometimes articulated, it is often prescribed by a physician after an injury or surgery. It blocks the knee for recovery. It should not be worn on a daily basis or during a sports activity.

There are many benefits to wearing a knee brace during sports. These include:

Injury prevention

A knee brace helps support the weight of the body and protects against false movements.

Knee stabilization

A knee brace provides both stiffness and flexibility, guiding the knee in its movement.

Pain relief

A knee brace acts as a compression garment, reducing the sensation of pain caused by certain problems.

Help with healing

Some injuries or surgeries take time to heal and will heal better if a knee brace is used.

How do I choose the right knee brace?

A sports knee brace provides better joint stabilization and leg support. It must adapt to various constraints since the knee is a complex joint made up of bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and menisci.

A sports knee brace prevents false movements and excessive strain on the joint. However, it should not interfere too much with movement, to avoid making sports unpleasant.

Different models of knee braces are suitable for different sports or different types of users. Some knee braces are specifically designed to accommodate the rapid growth of teenagers. Knee braces for older people are made of thinner, more lightweight materials so they can be worn discreetly under clothing on a daily basis.

Knee braces by the sport

Today, there are specialized knee braces based on the activity and the severity of the condition.


A patella brace helps prevent common problems in runners such as torn ligaments or patellofemoral syndrome (also known as runner’s knee). In the case of a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament, a flexible or articulating knee brace may be recommended.


Soccer and football players are susceptible to different knee injuries, including torn ligaments, patellofemoral syndrome (runner’s knee) and patella problems. A flexible knee brace worn during the activity can prevent this type of injury.


Baseball includes fast running and frequent stretching of the knee that can lead to patellofemoral syndrome or knee hyperextension. An articulating knee brace with plastic hinges can prevent sprains and other knee injuries.


Hockey involves power skating, frequent sudden stops and physical contact between players. Frequent injuries include sprains, cruciate ligament tears or ruptures, patellar dislocation or knee hyperextension. A flexible knee brace with joints can prevent these injuries.


Volleyball involves frequent jumping and sliding on the floor. It can lead to injuries like patellar tendonitis or anterior cruciate ligament sprains. A flexible knee brace or articulated splint helps prevent or treat any knee injuries.


Golf involves a lot of walking. Repeated swings can cause the knees to extend. A knee brace or splint will relieve the pain associated with ligament sprains, torn menisci or age-related disorders such as knee osteoarthritis.

Make an appointment with an orthotist today!