Winter sports are unforgiving on your knees. Between moguls, jumps, and staying in proper stance, both skiing and snowboarding are serious leg work outs and can be particularly stressful for those with bad knees. While it’s impossible to completely protect yourself from injury on the mountain, there are incredibly useful braces that will give you the extra stability that you may have lost in a previous injury. Always remember that there is no substitute for strong legs when it comes to skiing and snowboarding, so even if you do have an injury, it’s important to make sure that you’re in shape before you hop on a ski lift for your first run of the season. But if you still need that extra insurance, these are some great knee braces for skiing and snowboarding:
- DonJoy Armor Ski Knee Brace DonJoy’s ski brace was specifically designed for skiers and those who will be wearing two knee braces at the same time. If you have suffered an ACL injury in the past, the likelihood of sustaining another knee injury while skiing is three to four times more if you aren’t wearing a knee brace. This version of brace is 15” so you can wear it comfortably with ski boots, and the construction keeps the hinges from getting caught in your snow pants.
- DonJoy FullForce ACL Knee Brace If an ACL injury isn’t your issue, the DonJoy FullForce is a great option. Available in several different versions, the FullForce can provide support for injuries related to ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL, and hyperextension. This is one of our favorite braces for skiing and snowboarding because it is offered in a short version to keep the brace free from ski and snowboard boots and give you slightly better range of motion in general.
- DonJoy Reaction Web Knee Brace If you don’t need advanced support for a previous ACL or PCL injury and are just looking to ease the pain of sprain, prevent any potential injuries from occurring, or protect against patella injuries, the DonJoy Reaction Web Knee Brace fits your criteria. The Reaction is a lightweight, soft brace that offers just enough support to give you peace of mind, while remaining comfortable enough that it doesn’t affect your performance on the mountain.