According to Statistic Brain*,  about 35 million children between the ages of 5 and 18 play sports every year. That makes youth sports one of the most common activities that kids participate in, both inside and outside of school.

With the school year underway, as well as youth sports activities, we wanted to bust some common myths about knee braces.

Knee braces are uncomfortable - While knee braces may take some getting used to, they are rarely uncomfortable. When there are complaints about knee braces being uncomfortable, it's usually for one of two reasons. 1) The wearer is using the wrong size knee brace or 2) The wearer is using the knee brace incorrectly. Our brace coaches can help ensure that you avoid both of these issues. Our knee braces are designed for comfort - with high-quality padding and breathable material, you'll soon forget you're even wearing a knee brace.

Knee braces restrict movement - Nearly every knee brace is designed to conform to your body as much as possible in order to allow full movement. If anything, knee braces allow for athletes to play at their full level. Even professional athletes use braces and supports while playing sports. Speak with a brace coach as well as your doctor to find the best knee brace for your situation.

Knee braces are uncool - What's even less cool is being sidelined for the entire season. Injuries such as torn ligaments and tendonitis have kept even the toughest athletes on the bench. Knee braces may lower your chances of injury, especially injuries from running or sudden changes in movement. If that's the case, nothing is better than wearing protective gear while playing sports to lower your risk of injury as much as possible.

Stay safe this season: If you participate in youth sports, check out our knee braces which come in a wide array of sizes!