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Do braces actually work in preventing ACL injuries?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

No they don"t.

In brief: No

No they don"t.
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Dr. Theodore Shybut
The knee braces you see NCAA and NFL linemen wearing can help minimize MCL injuries, but not the ACL
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Best course of prevention of injury is good conditioning. Many ACL injury prevention protocols exist, i.e., PEP program.
Dr. James Chen
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

There are no good large studies demonstrating that braces prevent acl injuries.
However, most football players (linemen) in college and the pros use them anyways during play.

In brief: No

There are no good large studies demonstrating that braces prevent acl injuries.
However, most football players (linemen) in college and the pros use them anyways during play.
Dr. James Chen
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Dr. Scott m Smith
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

If there is an anterior cruciate injury, and you use the brace in sports with moderation, then the brace can be successful.
Adding a 10 deg extension stop has helped prevent giving way. "giving way" is what happens when you pivot with an acl deficient knee. The brace tries to prevent instability of the knee when pivoting. Unfortunately, it is difficult for any brace the grip the leg strong.

In brief: No

If there is an anterior cruciate injury, and you use the brace in sports with moderation, then the brace can be successful.
Adding a 10 deg extension stop has helped prevent giving way. "giving way" is what happens when you pivot with an acl deficient knee. The brace tries to prevent instability of the knee when pivoting. Unfortunately, it is difficult for any brace the grip the leg strong.
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: No.

There's no evidence to suggest that braces prevent ACL injuries.
Some surgeons still recommend a brace for peace of mind and for the brace top act as a reminder that you should be careful when participating in sports.

In brief: No.

There's no evidence to suggest that braces prevent ACL injuries.
Some surgeons still recommend a brace for peace of mind and for the brace top act as a reminder that you should be careful when participating in sports.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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