Why do some athletes wear hinged knee braces?

Generally speaking, there are two types of braces. Functional knee braces help provide stability for previously injured joints. Prophylactic knee braces are worn in an attempt to prevent injuries. How they work and their effectiveness is a bit cloudy and varies depending on the type of activity, condition of the joint and soft tissues, as well as the amount and rate of loading. A key point to remember is that no brace can replace proper strengthening of the joint and surrounding musculature.

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