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Cloth knee braces - for the "older" heads
So I didn't train that much this year to strengthen my legs and knees for the season, and I've definitely been feelin' it after lapping the park for a few hours. This is really taking my confidence down cuz I'm not trusting myself nearly as much. I feel like wearing some sport type braces might help out but have never done it before.
Has anyone worn the cloth/spandex braces when their knees were feeling a little weak? Any recommendations??
i wear a standard cloth brace, it totally helps cause ive developed issues with the I.T Band in my left knee from years of running, and hard landings. be sure you purchase one that has straps that go around both your quads and calves to prevent the brace from slipping down your leg
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so im replying as both a physiotherapist and and one of the outliers on the newschoolers bell curve (ie, my knees hurt too).
If what your describing is just a neoprene or elastic pull on brace, it will provide little other than compression (not terrible for out of shape musculature) and some extra proprioceptive feedback (great, but not a substitute for strength and conditioning).
to get any type of structural support, you will need a brace with medial and lateral stayes to help limit stresses on the collateral ligaments. these braces also offer a compressive element and an additional degree of proprioceptive feedback, however they will not prevent an injury, ligamentous, meniscal or otherwise, if you land badly enough.
a rigid knee brace which limits hyperextension can do far more to prevent injuries, but is more cumbersome (but still very wearable, especially the custom jobbies - i recomend bregg to my patients).
oh, and they cost a shitload.
If you have no pre existing knee conditions, i would recomend just get yourself into a strengthening and conditioning program. its never too late in the season.
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I wear the ACE braces. if I don't I get Patellar tendonitis. It keeps my kneecaps in place and provides compression for my knees, in the places that help with the patellar tendon.
it's verrrr nice
wrap your knee up arouynd and underneath with the spandexy cloth shit and then fold it over itself until it's like a square strip, and loop that overt your patellar tendon. or you can roll it. i liked the square more tho it was less opressure in one place. don't do it too thick, only enough for 5-6 fold overs
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