Which Back Brace Is Right for Me?

how to choose a back brace
By Fara Rosenzweig

With the constant pounding, twist and turning, jumping and diving, football players are bound to hurt their back, from strains and chronic pain to slipped discs and post-surgery.

While it’s important for football players to strengthen their core to have a strong back, a back brace can help speed up recovery and ease pain.


A basic back support wrap helps compress and support low-back injuries, stabilizing and preventing spinal overload. This type of brace can be worn during activity without restriction, protecting the back and abdominal wall. This is ideal for any one with chronic back pain, soreness and strains.

Posture Support

Hunched shoulders, rounded back or forward leaning neck are all symptoms of poor posture and can lead to other injures. A posture support brace gently holds the shoulders back to help improve posture. It’s lightweight and can be worn under or over clothing. It’s also recommended for immobilization of clavicle area following strain or trauma, and soft support may help promote healing of clavicle bone.

Lumbar Belt Brace

For superior support for the L-1 to L-5, more custom fit and customization, a back brace that has adjustable pulls, dual Boa® technology and spectra lace is ideal. This kind of brace is good for post-surgery or severe back injury that allows you to do basic movement, but not ready for contact sports. These braces offer compression and superb stabilization to reduce inflammation and pain while speeding up recovery.

Need more help? Use our guided tool, Brace Advisor for recommendations based on your brace need and desired level of activity or browse all back braces for more options.

Do You Have a Back Injury?

If you have injured your back or are experiencing pain due to an injury, it may be easier for you to shop for a back brace based on your injury. From our back injury category, you will be able to shop braces by abdominal injury, low back injury, herniated disc, SI joint, sciatica, and upper back or posture problems.