An athletic brace is equipment that is placed or put on. It can either be used preventively to limit the risk of injury, or it could be in response to a muscle or joint injury. Depending on the type (preventative, flexible, or stiff), it can provide 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 a brace, 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. Proprioception is the way that your body is aware of where all it’s parts are and how much strain they’re under. With a preventative brace, the pressure applied makes you more alert to these parts. These preventative supports are great for returning to sport. To fit this bill, look out for our Aptonia SOFT braces.
Flexible braces play a supportive role. They support the joints and muscles using a tightening system and stronger compression. Braces like this help you get your limbs into a good position without losing flexibility. These braces meet the needs of athletes with weakened joints and muscle pains. Our Aptonia MID braces would be ideal.
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 if this sounds like what you need.
Our braces are currently sorted by what area they target. If you’re interested, we have braces for: