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Playmaker Knee Brace

DonJoy

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Suitable for mild to moderate hyperextension, ACL, MCL, PCL, and LCL instabilities
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Our most popular intermediate level knee brace.

The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace provides dependable support for mild to moderate ACL and/or PCL, MCL and LCL instabilities. What makes this knee brace unique from other soft-hinged knee braces is the incorporation of DonJoy’s revolutionary Four-Points-of-Leverage, helps to reduce instability in the ACL.

In addition to providing superior ACL support, the Playmaker is a comfortable brace to wear. A low profile design, breathable fabric, and polycentric hinges allow for uninhibited movement of the knee.

The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is available as a sleeve or wraparound brace, and with or without open popliteal cutout (opening behind the knee). Not sure what version is right for you? Check out our explanation of these options on the "Ask a Question" tab above.


The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is used to support or prevent the following injuries

  • Mild to moderate ligament instabilities including the ACL, PCL, MCL, and/or LCL.
  • Knee Hyperextension

Product Features…and the benefits you’ll experience!

  • Four-Points-of-Leverage
    The strap design of the Playmaker knee brace family enhances support of the knee joint, and in particular, the anterior cruciate ligament. Learn how Four-Points-of-Leverage works.
  • Polycentric Hinges
    These hinges conform to the knee joint's natural motion so you’ll get to enjoy uninhibited movement of your knee.
  • Drytex Fabric
    This lightweight fabric is a neoprene alternative that provides better airflow, which is ideal for those who live in warmer climates or suffer from allergies.
  • Available as a Sleeve or Wraparound brace
    You can choose the style you’re most comfortable putting on.

Additional Details
  • Brace Length: 16 Inches
  • Brace Style: Soft Hinged

Sizing and Measurements:
Click on the Size Chart tab above to learn how to measure your leg to determine what brace size you need.



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Product Questions

What is the difference between the sleeve and wraparound version?
Question by: Ryan on Mar 19, 2010, 3:32 PM
A sleeve version of this knee brace requires you to remove your shoe and slide the knee brace over your foot.

A wraparound knee brace is applied to the knee by wrapping it around and attaching it with Velcro.

Each version has it's own pros and cons:

Sleeve Knee Brace
Pros: Fits more snugly and stays in place. Once it's on it's requires little adjustment

Cons: Harder to get on and off, doesn't work well over pants

Wraparound Knee Brace
Pros: Easier to apply especially for those with less hand strength, can be worn over thin pants, can be tightened or loosened for a more adjustable fit. Great for users who can't bend over as well and have trouble getting a sleeve on or off.

Cons: Velcro can loosen during activity requiring a quick tightening of the Velcro.
Answer by: Admin on Mar 19, 2010, 3:32 PM
Dear Sir/Madam,

I had undergone an ACL surgery almost 10 years ago now. And during this 10 years I never played major sports.

As of today I still feel that my ACLK is not so effective, as knee is quite free, and I fear that it might give away easily.

Now I would like to play sports like Squash, Tennis , Basket ball can you please advise the best brace which should be suitable.
Question by: Stephen on Apr 8, 2010, 7:45 AM
I understand that you are looking for an ACL brace that is geared for a more active lifestyle. Since you aren't playing any contact sports, I'll reccommend a non-rigid brace.

Take a look at the DonJoy PlayMaker.

https://www.donjoystore.com/donjoy-drytex-playmaker-wraparound-sleeve

In addition to providing superior ACL support, the Playmaker is an extremely comfortable brace to wear. A low profile design, breathable fabric, and polycentric hinges that allow for uninhibited movement of the knee make this brace a favorite amongst athletes.

The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace is available as a sleeve or wraparound brace, and with or without open popliteal cutout (opening behind the knee)
Answer by: Admin on Apr 8, 2010, 7:45 AM
What does Open Popliteal mean?
Question by: Alison on Mar 25, 2010, 10:31 AM
The popliteal describes the area in the back of the knee where your knee bends. When a knee brace has an opening the back we say it has an "Open Popliteal". The benefits of an open popliteal knee brace is they tend to be more comfortable than other knee braces that are closed in the back. There is less pinching of the material when your knee is bent. They are also a bit cooler as more skin is exposed.
Answer by: Admin on Mar 25, 2010, 10:31 AM
What knee brace is best for runners? I recently had ACL reconstruction and would like to ease back into running and possibly no contact sport (volleyball, basketball, etc). What knee brace do you recommend?

Thanks!
Question by: Jun on Apr 11, 2010, 5:46 PM
The Donjoy Drytex Playmaker is a great brace to wear if you are trying to ease back into any athletic activity. It will protect and stabalize the ACL/MCL/LCL/PCL ligaments while active. We recommend wearing the cooler more breathable Drytex version for added comfort since you will be running and playing sports in the brace.
Answer by: Admin on Apr 11, 2010, 5:46 PM
I have moderate osteoarthritis with a moderate ACL tear. Which brace would be right for me?
Question by: Linda on May 16, 2010, 6:43 PM
If your doctor has diagnosed you with compartmental OA then one of our OA braces would be best. With an ACL tear the OA Adjuster is recommended. We recommend talking to your doctor to see if an OA brace is needed, if all you need is ligament support and stability the Playmaker is the best choice. It will stabilize your ACL to help prevent further injury.
Answer by: Admin on May 16, 2010, 6:43 PM


Take the measurement of your thigh and calf 6" above and below your kneecap using a flexible type tape measure.  Use the circumference you measure here to choose your size.


    Size Thigh Knee Center Calf
    XS 13" - 15.5" (33-39 cm) 12"-13" (30-33 cm) 10"-12" (25-30 cm)
    S 15.5" - 18 .5" (39-47 cm) 13"-14" (33-35 cm) 12"-14" (30-35 cm)
    M 18.5" - 21" (47-53 cm) 14"-15" (35-38 cm) 14"-16" (35-40 cm)
    L 21" - 23.5" (53-60 cm) 15"-17" (38-43 cm) 16"-18" (40-45 cm)
    XL 23.5" - 26.5" (60-67 cm) 17"-19" (43-48 cm) 18"-20" (45-50 cm)
    XXL 26.5" - 29.5" (67-75 cm) 19"-21" (48-53 cm) 20"-22" (50-55 cm)
    XXXL 29.5" - 32" (75-83 cm) 21"-23" (53-58 cm) 22"-24" (55-60 cm)


    Center Knee 1.Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, legs slightly bent and leg muscles contracted.
    6 in Above 2. Measure up six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown.
    Thig Circle 3. Measure the circumference of your thigh at the 6-inch mark, as shown.
    6 in below 4. Measure down six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown. Then measure the circumference of your calf at the 6-inch mark.