The Reason Athletes wear Hinged Knee Braces
Athletes typically wear a hinged knee brace to prevent an existing or surgically repaired/rehabbed injury from recurring or worsening, but also in some cases athletes wear the hinged brace to prevent an injury altogether. A hinged knee brace allows the knee to travel mostly through its normal range of motion while providing enhanced lateral (sideways) stability. This allow the knee to hinge but not cave laterally, which is when the majority of injuries occur to the knee. The hinged brace will also prevent hyper-extension of the knee by limiting how much the joint can extend â€“ another very common cause of injury in sports. In summary, a hinged knee brace only allows the knee joints to move in a motion that is safe for the structure of the knee to stay intact.