About ACL Injury – The Facts

  • Young people between the ages of 15-25 account for half of all ACL injuries.
  • A person who has torn their ACL has a 15 times greater risk of a second ACL injury during the initial 12 months after ACL reconstruction, and risk of ACL injury to the opposite knee is two times that of the restructured knee.
  • Many athletes don’t return to sport after ACL reconstruction due to fear of re-injury.

Learn more in the DonJoy ACL Infographic, and see how the 4-Points-of-Leverage frame design provides significant strain reduction on the ACL, and how knee bracing increases patient confidence after reconstruction.

The Smart, Simple Solution for Post-Injury

Why brace after ACL reconstruction? Clinicians will typically prescribe a functional knee brace after the patient has regained full range of motion—that’s usually between three to five months after surgery. Graft strength of the new ACL is considerably weaker than the native (original) ACL during the first 12 months, so a brace during this early period helps protect it from harmful forces that occur in everyday life or in sport. Bracing also elevates a patient’s confidence, allowing them to return to their previous or enhanced level of activity. Just look to athletes including Robert Griffin III, Tiger Woods, Adrian Peterson, Tom Brady, Lindsey Vonn, Matt Ryan and Peyton Manning just to name a few. Another important reason? Peace of mind. A functional knee brace provides not only confidence for the patient, but confidence for the surgeon, knowing that their patient’s knee is protected.

The Smart, Simple Solution for Preventative Use

Given the physicality of football, it’s easy to understand why collegiate and professional linemen wear braces on both knees. The line of scrimmage is an environment prone to knee injuries, so team doctors, athletic trainers and coaches don’t hesitate to equip their players with bilateral (both knees) custom braces. As with helmets and shoulder pads, knee braces have become standard equipment to assist in preventing season-ending knee injuries. And the same logic holds true with skiing, snowboarding, soccer, basketball, volleyball, professional rodeo, water sports and others. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

A Bit About the Defiance Brace

Defiance is the world’s leading custom knee brace. More than one-million have been prescribed to athletes of all shapes, sizes, ages and genders. From middle-school soccer players to elite professional athletes, Defiance is the brace athletes trust.

  • Sized to perfection, Defiance is custom-made, allowing a broad spectrum of knee sizes to perform at exceptional levels. Constructed of hollow carbon fiber, Defiance has the greatest strength-to-weight ratio of any knee brace on the market, weighing less than 20 ounces.
  • Defiance features the 4-Points-of-Leverage System, which is a clinically tested* design that decreases ACL strain by 50%.
  • Another clinically tested technology**featured on Defiance is the FourcePoint hinge, which provides additional protection from ligament injury.
  • The purpose of the FourcePoint hinge is totrain the knee to flex (increase flexion angles) during cutting and jumping, which in turn keeps the knee out of the at-risk position, thus lessening the chance of injury.
  • Defiance protects athletes, allowing them to move with full range of motion, offering no limitations for a host of activity levels.