knee braces:harmful or helpful?
Posted March 10, 2006 - 05:05 AM
Have you guys had any experience with this? Basically, i wanna know if spending all this money on a brace is going to protect me from injury and better than my thor force knee pad would. Thanks
Posted March 10, 2006 - 05:35 AM
Posted March 10, 2006 - 06:03 AM
Posted March 10, 2006 - 08:09 AM
i'm not really qualified to comment, but i don't wear them. i bicycle alot and do squats twice a week and do plenty of backcountry skiing (hiking up steep hills and skiing down) so my knees are pretty well supported and i'm pretty light. if you are out of shape and overweight, you are at a much higher risk for all sorts of injuries.
fwiw, many knee ligament injuries (especially in chicks) are NOT the result of twisting, but simply sudden stress, aided and abetted by muscle imblance and weakness. my ex-gf tore her acl skiing just landing a jump turn in an instructor's clinic. no twisting stress at all, just a hard landing and poof it snapped. then she fell.
some doctors have expressed concern about knee braces applying leverage to the femur, and there have been instances of broken femurs right at the top of the knee brace. whether that's better or worse than a knee injury, who knows? although i'm not a fan (for me) of knee braces, i do wear ankle braces when i play volleyball. i've sprained enough ankles to be really tired of it and i'm looking forward to some great arthritis when i get old. also i think the mechanics of how the ankle brace works are a little different. it keeps your foot from inadvertently rolling so that you land in on it that way and sprain it bad. it's not really designed to protect against dramatic impacts from the side.
anyway, that's my .02. probably not helpful at all.
Posted March 10, 2006 - 08:26 AM
Posted March 10, 2006 - 02:15 PM