How to choose the right athletic brace

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What is an athletic brace?

An athletic brace is equipment that is placed or put on. It can either be used preventively to limit risks of injury, or it could be in response to a muscle or joint injury. Depending on its type (preventative, flexible, or stiff), it provides more or less compression on your joints (elbow, knee, wrist, ankle, shoulder, thumb) or your muscles (forearm, thigh, calf, back).

Don't forget to consult your doctor before any use. Moreover, to choose one, you should consider the joint or muscle involved, as well as the nature of your injury.

What are the differences between preventative, flexible, and stiff braces?

Preventative (or proprioceptive) braces play a role in prevention. Here, we talk about proprioception: using compression, the brain perceives the limbs, their position, and their movement in space without needing to see them. It is therefore more stimulated and will be more alert. These preventative supports are perfect for returning to sport. Check out the range of Aptonia SOFT braces.

Flexible braces play a supportive role. They support the joints and muscles using a tightening system and a stronger compression. They allow you to orient the limbs and promote proper positioning. These flexible braces meet the needs of athletes with weakened joints and muscle pains. Check out the range of Aptonia MID braces.

Stiff braces play a guiding role. The accessories that make up these braces, such as tightening straps, metal stays, or plastic shells, limit excessive and damaging movements for the athlete's joints and muscles. Check out the range of Aptonia STRONG braces.

Joint braces

Each brace is designed to meet the needs of a specific joint. Depending on the joint affected, you can consult our explanatory tips:

How to choose your elbow brace?

How to choose your knee brace?

How to choose your wrist brace?

How should you choose your ankle brace?

How to choose your shoulder brace?

How to choose your thumb brace?

Muscle braces

Each brace is designed to meet the needs of a specific muscle. Depending on the muscle affected, you can consult our choice guide:

How to choose your support band?

How to choose your lumbar belt?

How to choose your calf brace?

How to choose your thigh brace?

 

This information is provided for information purposes only and in no case replace a medical consultation. For increased safety, seek your doctor’s advice before use.

Philippe Bouviala
Product manager
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