Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

Last year I tore my ACL while playing flag football. It's been just over 7 months since my ACL reconstruction surgery, which has mostly gone pretty well. My leg feels fairly strong and I can even run, though I haven't participated in any sports yet.

However, not all of my recovery was this smooth. Especially the previous few months... where my leg felt strong but in reality it wasn't. I could see the difference between the quad muscle in my left leg, which was much thinner, and that of my right leg, which was strong and well-built. I think the worst of it were the moments of instability which would catch me off guard - when turning to pick up something that I dropped, stepping into an unexpected hole in the ground, walking down the stairs, and at other unusual times.

That's why I'm glad they make braces for ACL tears and knee instability. Here are a few of the best ACL knee braces available:

All these are great knee braces to help improve knee stability while healing from an ACL injury. And they're great for helping prevent ACL tears too!