Wearing a Bauerfeind knee brace or support
is recognised by the world’s top basketball
trainers (NBATA) as part of the standard
for prevention and treatment for professional
basketball player injury.
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How can I prevent or avoid a knee injury while playing basketball?
According to professional athletic trainers for the NBATA, wearing a Bauerfeind brace or knee support can minimise your chances of injury (1) by providing enhanced stability, proprioception (2) and medical-grade compression. Some of the most common forms of injury while playing basketball include jumper’s knee, ACL and MCL tears and inflammation. Bauerfeind knee braces help to promote blood flow with the use of our 3D weaved medical grade compression, something not found when using simple neoprene sleeves and braces. This added support will help stabilise your joint without limiting your ability to dribble down a court or complete your next layup.
How to treat a basketball knee injury
We recommend visiting a physiotherapist for treatment and advice on treating common basketball injuries. They may recommend the following treatments.
- Strains or Sprains. Many sprains and strains can be treated with the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. A physiotherapist can assist with the recovery as well. If the sprain is more severe you may require surgery.
- Jumper’s Knee. This is the common name for Patellar tendonitis. Rarely does this condition require surgery. It can generally be treated using a combination of anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen) and exercise. Corticosteroid injections may also be used.
- Meniscal Tearing. Simple meniscal tears may be treated with the RICE method and anti-inflammatory medications. Advanced tears may require surgery. Surgery for meniscal tears are minimally invasive and allow for quicker recovery time.
- Ligament Tearing. Ligament tears will generally always require surgery. A torn ligament rebuild uses a tissue graft, as the ligament will not generally heal properly otherwise. Surgery can be minimally invasive however it can take time for the torn ligament to heal.
Play it safe: Consult a doctor if you experience unusually intense and persistent knee pain.
Should I wear a knee brace for basketball?
Your knees help propel and absorb shock during high impact sports like basketball, as well as assisting as you make sudden, high speed direction changes. Injury can be prevented with knee braces, which stabilise your knee joints and activate and massage the surrounding muscles.
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Bauerfeind GenuTrain® active supports strengthen and activate the muscles, as well as protect and provide relief to joints. The innovative fabric composition provides a massaging effect through an anatomically designed 3D-knit, which offers wearing comfort and functional support. Through the sensorimotor system, GenuTrain active supports promote balance of the holding and moving musculature. The elastic knit is skin-friendly and breathable.