Which are the best knee braces for basketball players?

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The best knee braces for basketball players are those that feature metal hinges down the sides to prevent the knee from moving from side to side – also known as hinged knee braces. This type of brace is recommended for moderate to severe injuries, including damaged cartilage and ligament tears. Stabilized knee braces belong in a second tier; they provide an ideal amount of support and protection for damaged tendons or torn meniscuses. And then there are the basic knee braces made of neoprene, which retains body heat and improves blood circulation and promotes healing, especially in injured tendons, cartilage, and ligaments.

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Additionally, the basketball knee brace of choice depends on whether a specific condition needs to be treated. The most common injuries among basketball players are:

·         Patellar tendinitis (jumper’s knee).

·         Chondromalacia patella.

·         ACL injury.

·         Meniscus tear.

Jumper’s knee

The patella is also known as kneecap. Overuse of the patella tendon (which connects the kneecap to the shinbone and allows you to bend and straighten the knee) resulting from repetitive jumping or direction-changing movements causes jumper’s knee. Symptoms include irritation, inflammation, and pain just below the patella. A jumper’s knee strap applies pressure to the kneecap and relieves pain.

Chondromalacia patella

This is damage to the cartilage under the patella. Cartilage is a shock-absorbing tissue that enables the patella and the thighbone to move one over the other. Repetitive stress from jumping and running damages the cartilage. A dual-disk neoprene hinged knee brace provides maximal support, heat retention, and compact compression.

ACL injury

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) at the center of the knee is one of four ligaments that attach the shinbone to the thighbone, and plays a crucial role in the stability of the knee joint. A torn ACL can result from suddenly changing direction, receiving a direct impact on the knee, or twisting or pivoting. Basketball knee braces such as the Mueller HG80 Hinged Knee Brace are ideal for this injury.

Meniscus tear

The meniscus is the shock-absorbing cartilage between the shinbone and the thighbone that protects and cushions the knee joint. Unexpected twisting movements can partially or completely tear the meniscus. A knee sleeve provides moderate support and compression to reduce swelling and promote circulation, and is easy to put on and adjust. 

Knee braces for basketball are constructed to protect the knee while running, jumping, twisting, cutting, pivoting, and other movements that can injure the joint, meniscus, cartilage, and ligaments. At the same time, they offer support to an already injured knee.

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