Prevent Pain With A Good Knee Brace For Golfers Like You
If you have arthritis or an old knee injury, then you might experience some knee pain when you’re out on the course. Fortunately, there are some great braces for your knee that you can wear while you play.
Wearing one of these won’t impede your performance, though if you have a bad game there’s no harm in blaming it on that old knee injury! If you already have a sport knee brace at home, then you might be able to just use it out on the greens. But, if not, then let us recommend a few models that we think are good options for golfers like you.
Our Top 5
What To Look For
If you’re like most golfers I know, then it is your right knee that is feeling the strain of your swings out on the course. While you can experience some pain just from walking up and down inclines out there, most of the time it is the swing that causes that familiar pain in the knees. You can learn a bit more about it in the video below, but keep reading as we tell you what to look for when shopping for a new golf knee brace.
The most important thing to remember when shopping for one of these is that you need something that does not interfere with your playing. Here are a few tips to get something that relieves the pain and doesn’t affect your game.
- Stick with “sports” models as they are made to stretch and breathe while you move around and sweat. These are going to be the most comfortable knee braces on the market. You may even want to consider something like a basketball knee sleeve for your playing.
- Pay attention to the size of the brace. Some are one size fits all while others have small – 2X-large sizing. If you choose a model with an actual size, then you will need to measure your knee around the center and match that size to the size chart from the manufacturer. That’s how you get a proper fit and not something that is too loose or too tight on the joint.
- Consider the support level of the brace. As you shop, you will notice that some offer more support than others. The standard support levels are: basic, advanced and elite. The highest option is likely not for you because it is a knee pad, which you really don’t need for golf except in very rare cases.
- Do you want an injury-specific model? If your doctor has diagnosed you with a specific injury, such as an ACL injury, then you should look for a brace designed for that type of injury. Otherwise, you can just opt for a generic support model.
- What type of style do you prefer? There are pull-up models, wrap-around models, magnetic models, neoprene models, and hinged models. Personally, I find the hinged models to be the most restrictive, but choose the style that is most comfortable for you. My favorite type is the neoprene model because it breathes well and moves easily when you bend.
Now that you know what to consider before buying, you should be able to get yourself a good knee brace for golfing that keeps you pain-free and having a good time out there!
Bauerfeind Sports Knee Support Review
Right now, this is definitely our top pick when it comes to quality knee support braces for golfers. It is made by Bauerfeind, which is a German brand with a strong reputation for making quality sports braces.
I do want to point out that we also really love the Bauerfeind GenuTrain Knee Support, but actually prefer this Sports Knee Support model. Why? It seems to breathe a bit easier when you’re out on hot, sweaty days thanks to it’s moisture-wicking fabric and it moves well with your body (though the GenuTrain is also very comfortable, we think this one is just slightly better). Of course, this is a matter of preference, so you might prefer a different Bauerfeind model.
The compression is firm without being too firm and there is a contoured pad around your kneecap, which is designed to relieve pressure on the knee. It seems to work very well when it comes to stress reduction on the area.
It is ideal for arthritis, sprains and strains of the knee, tendinitis of the knee, knee swelling, jumper’s knee and runner’s knee.
Bauerfeind Sports Knee Support vs Bauerfeind GenuTrain Knee Support
As previously mentioned, we like both of these models, but there are some slight differences between the two that might make one better for you than the other.
The Sports Knee Support is designed for athletes where the GenuTrain Knee Support is designed to everyday use including sports.
The GenuTrain Knee Support uses breathable knit fabric where the Sports Knee Support uses 3D AIRKNIT™ technology (lightweight, comfortable, moisture-wicking and washable) for maximum breathability and comfort.
The GenuTrain is ideal for:
- Jumpers knee
- Runners knee
- Feelings of instability
- Lateral meniscus tear
The Sports Knee Support is ideal for:
- Sprains and strains of knee
- Knee swelling
- Tendinitis of the knee
- Jumper’s Knee
- Runner’s knee
- Alleviates the effects of overuse and high impact activity
So, consider what your use will be and what type of injury or pain you are dealing with, and that will help you to know which Bauerfeind model is best for you.
Common Golf Knee Injuries
When a sports injury occurs in the knee, golf is usually not the first sport that comes to mind. Knee injuries in golf are common whether your an occasional player or a seasoned professional. Tiger Woods brought this issue forward in the early 2000s when he suffered three injuries to his left knee.
Golf is a sport that relies on repetitive movements to ensure a quality swing each time. These motions can cause wear and tear, leaving a golfer with mild to serious knee injuries. While other injuries can occur more often, there are several types of common knee injuries that a golfer can suffer.
Also known as cartilage tears, this injury occurs from twisting and bending movements. An action as simple as taking a swing with the club or bending down to pick your ball out of the hole can cause this common knee injury.
Symptoms of this injury often include:
- Pain along the joint line of the knee.
- Swelling due to inflammation or bleeding from the injury.
- Inability to fully extend or flex the knee.
- Locking or catching of the knee.
- Weakness in the leg.
The anterior cruciate ligament is a major ligament that connects the bone to the knee joint. A common misconception with ACL injuries is that it is always caused by contact. With golf, the cause is often due to a sudden twist or turn in another direction.
- An audible popping noise coming from the knee.
- Significant swelling.
- A wobbly and unstable feeling in the knee.
The patellar tendon is a thick band of tissue that attaches to the kneecap. This tendon transmits forces from the front on the thigh to the tibia so that the leg can be straightened and support an individual’s weight when walking or jumping.
The cause of this knee injury is from repetitive moments. Walking in sand traps, swinging a club on a steep incline, and walking long distances can eventually cause this type of injury.
Symptoms often include:
- Swelling in the knee around tendon areas.
- Warm to the touch.
- Difficulty walking up and down stairs.
Osteoarthritis is commonly referred to as the “wear-and-tear” arthritis. This occurs when the cartilage that protects your bones wears away. Osteoarthritis can happen when the knee has been previously injured, or from repetitive movements.
This injury can happen to any type of golfer whether you’re a seasonal or daily player.
Symptoms can include:
- Stiffness, especially in the morning.
- Knee pain that gets worse when running or climbing stairs.
- Limitations in your range-of-motion.
- A crunching or grinding feeling in the knee when active.
- Inflammation and fluid buildup.
Tibial Plateau Fracture
This injury is a fracture involving the upper portion of the tibia which extends into the knee joint. A Tibial Plateau fracture is a serious knee injury that can affect all types of golfers.
This knee injury often occurs from a fall in wet grass, sand traps, sharp inclines, or from attempting a shot off the gravel surrounding the water.
Symptoms often include:
- Severe or escalating pain with passive stretching.
- Pulsing in the knee.
- Weakness and or paresthesias.
No matter what type of golfer you are, knee injuries can occur due to the nature of the sport.
Pressure, repetitive motions, previous knee injuries, and slips and falls can lead to an injury that should be looked at by a doctor immediately.