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Old     (wakeshoe)      Join Date: Jun 2004       05-30-2005, 8:33 AM Reply   
My son is heading off to a two-week wakeboard camp in a couple of weeks. He has a slightly sore knee that he tweaked a few weeks ago - no real damage like ligament or cartilage, just slightly sprained. It doesn't keep him from wakeboarding at all, but given a two week camp, he would like to find some kind of knee brace, just for some extra support. We have seen several in the $30 range that velcro on, but we are looking for suggestions. We don't want anything like the knee braces people use when they are coming back from major knee injuries. Can anyone suggest a brand/type/where to purchase, etc? Thanks.
Old     (harryhog)      Join Date: Mar 2003       05-30-2005, 1:20 PM Reply   
if he hasn't damaged his knee, a knee support will only make his muscles, ligaments and joints depend on it.

I've damaged my knee and aim to stop using it as soon as possible. If your knee is healthy enough, the kneesupport is unlikely to make any difference. Supports are designed for people with weak parts of their joints which would be vunerable. If you don't need it, don't ware it cause you'll only do more damage when you take it off because you'll learn to do the movements with your joints relying on the support.

Someone will probably disagree, but only what i've been told by my physio.
Old    sbvfive            05-30-2005, 10:28 PM Reply   
Having already blown out an ACL, MCL, and did meniscus damage all by 20 years old, here is my advice. FIrst of all, harry is correct in saying that knee braces aren't always the best idea as a preventive measure on a "tweaked" knee. There is not a knee brace in the world as strong as a healthy knee, as I am told over and over by my orthopedic surgeon. And more importantly, if knee braces worked as a preventative measure, why do all wakeboarders blow out their knees??

I would greatly suggest that you never use the velcro on braces with the little metal hinges type thing, they are crap. He would be better off healing the knee up and doing some serious rehab. The best prevention is building strong muscles around the knee, especially quad, hamstring, etc.

I realize however, that your situation calls for some help for his camp that is coming up soon. The only brace that will do anything positve is a custom brace, such as the CTi2, which I highly, highly reccommend. Others swear by the DonJoy brace. They are expensive, but worth ever penny when you land legs locked on a hs front to fakie. They are the best, and unfortunately, they are the only option. Buywake and others sell some 200-300 dollar braces that are slightly better then the typical 30 bucks braces, but if it were me, I'd go for a CTi2. Blowing out a knee hurts far too much to risk it, and 8-12 months on the couch is no fun either. If you have a good orthopedic surgeon, explain the sport thoroughly to him, as well as the situation, and tell him the CTi2 is the way to go for wakeboarders. If he'll write a prescription for it, you may be able to get insurance to cover it. Blue Cross covered all $1500 or so of mine, thank god.

Good luck and stay healthy!!
Old    justsomeguy            05-30-2005, 10:55 PM Reply   
If you're really concerned about his knee, and the efficacy of knee braces, don't rely on the advice from a web forum, get an opinion from an orthopod (as has been suggested) that has examined your son's knee and has a "sports" mindset.

FWIW, I've been using a knee brace for some sports since I was 20 due severing my ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL with a side order of crumbly meniscus.


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