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Product Review – DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace

The DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace is one of the most popular and widely used knee braces on the market. The functionality and price are the main highlights of this versatile and supportive brace. DonJoy is an international brace manufacturer that supplies the US Ski Team, US Snowboarding Team, Canadian Freestyle Ski Team, USA Volleyball team, as well as UCLA, Texas Tech, University of Mississippi and University of Maryland. The DonJoy Playmaker is available in so many styles and sizes, that it used in most every sport for a wide range of orthopedic knee conditions.

Of all the braces on the market today, the most versatile brace is without question the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace.

The DonJoy Playmaker is suitable for mild to moderate ACL, MCL and LCL knee instabilities. It has been used by thousands of athletes in all types of sports to help stabilize and support their injured knees.

As an intermediate-level product it has proven over time to be both durable and adaptable to most sports activities, with many added features not usually seen in a fabric hinged style brace.

It is available in neoprene fabric for those athletes in cold weather and water sports. Neoprene helps retain heat and is extremely durable in high impact/contact sports. Skiing, Hockey, Snowboarding, Wakeboarding and Kite Surfing are just some of the sports utilizing the Neoprene Playmaker.

The Playmaker is also available in a material referred to as drytex. This unique nylon core and polyester Lycra fabric allows for improved airflow. The lightweight polyester-nylon weave fabric is ideal for patients who have neoprene-based irritations or allergies, or live in warm weather climates.

The Playmaker also is available in a slip-on or wrap-around style. Wrap-around styles usually are indicated when a persons thigh and calf circumference does not fit the norm, which happens in large athletes, obese individuals, or when a pull on is not practical (removing ski boots or hockey skates). The wrap-around style gives the athlete more adjustability by controlling the tension placed around the thigh and leg separately. The slip-on style is easy to apply and tends to apply more even compression around the knee. The choice is purely a comfort factor and does not affect the support of the brace.

A unique feature of the DonJoy Playmaker is the availability of an open cutout in the back of the knee. One of the most common complaints among athletes and patients is the irritation of the material in the back of the knee. By creating an opening in the back of the brace, bunching of the brace is reduced and the back of the knee is able to breathe. Again, the choice is a comfort factor and does not affect the support of the brace. Many athletes (skiers) prefer a closed back, so as to keep the knee warm.

The greatest features of the DonJoy Playmaker is the basic construction of the brace. Polycentric hinges with contoured condyle shells and the famous 4-point dynamic leverage system provide unsurpassed stability and support for a fabric style brace.

Some of the new features that came out in 2008 is a drop lock style hinge for post op patients and patients that need to lock the brace in full extension when ambulating. The new Fource Point Hinge has been incorporated into the Playmaker. Fource Point Technology was developed to further protect the ACL and enhance the Four Points of Leverage brace design.

The patented Fource Point hinges are designed to react during leg extension and offer an increasing resistance in the last 35 degrees of extension, in order to reduce extension shock and increase posterior tibial loads.

The hinge has three adjustment settings to vary the amount of resistance to meet the specification of the physician’s protocols and the patient’s comfort.

Whichever style Playmaker you decide on, you can be assured that you are getting one of the most popular and supportive braces on the market today. For more information on this brace including sizing information CLICK HERE.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition. For more information on other braces please visit us at www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.