Knee braces

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I have never been a fan of knee braces both after knee surgery (with certain exceptions) and as a preventive measure. I am amazed at the number of football teams that brace their offensive lineman. It is interesting to note that Caron Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback was wearing a knee brace when he was hit. He was wearing the brace due to a prior knee injury, but is did not prevent was described as a ‘devastating’ knee injury. The doctor who performed the surgery was quoted as saying:” The brace didn’t function well in this environment and should have done better than it did, frankly.” Well da!!! Proper strengthening and learning to use the wisdom of the body is better than bracing. Not to mention that braces hinder mobility which in my opinion make the player more susceptible to injury. Any thoughts ?

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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