Originally Posted by ObsiWan
Do you think the Texans med staff will outfit him with a brace for stability?
Originally Posted by aussie_texan
from my knowledge braces to prevent or protect the knee post acl reconstruction dont really do a lot. because for it to work properly it would have to removal lateral movement and obviously in sport lateral movement is a must
This is a controversial topic with no clear answer. Many players who return to high-level sports within a year of surgery will use a knee brace. No scientific data has shown that using a knee brace will prevent re-injury to the ACL. However, many players may choose to wear a knee brace anyway.
While they may help support the knee when low forces are applied, these forces would not be expected to cause injury to the reconstructed ACL anyway. However, a force that is high enough to disrupt the reconstructed ACL would not be effectively stabilized by the knee brace.
Despite studies showing no true advantage to wearing a brace vs. no brace, including likelihood of ACL re-injury, many aplayers feel more comfortable/"secure" wearing the knee brace upon returning to sports after an ACL reconstruction. At least, it has never been found that there is any real harm caused by wearing a brace. The knee joint was never meant to have any significant contribution to lateral motion, except for stability against any lateral-medial "flex" in the joint, something that a brace in theory for the most part blocks. So, if wearing a knee brace makes the player more comfortable, then it is probably appropriate. The player should just understand that wearing the brace does not change their likelihood of re-injuring the ACL.
Adrian Peterson said decided not to wear a brace once back on the field
because the brace was uncomfortable for him and he felt it would act as a mental crutch and constant reminder of his previous injury.