Best Knee Braces For Skiing

Knee injuries account for a third of all skiing related injuries and are mainly related to ligament sprains, tears and ruptures. A diagnosis should be made by a trained physiotherapist, but often a knee brace can help reduce pain and get you back on the slopes. So, which is the best knee brace for skiing? 

Why should I wear a knee brace when skiing?

Poor skiing technique and incorrect landing from a jump are often causes of knee injuries. ACL tears are also common when skiers are trying to stand up and prevent a fall. Due to this high risk of injury, wearing a knee brace to prevent, as well as protect (any current issues), is one of the best things you can do to protect the knee while skiing. 

The Bauerfeind knee braces have been specially designed with 3D medical grade compression which promotes blood flow and secures the knee ligaments. 

This level of compression is not found in simple neoprene sleeves or cheaper braces.The added support from a brace will help stabilise your joint without limiting your ability to enjoy your next black run or slalom ski race. 

What are the best knee braces for skiing?

If you feel niggles in your knee or have been diagnosed and a knee brace has been recommended as part of your treatment. Choosing the right knee brace is key to a speedier rehabilitation journey and reduction in pain.  

The best kind of knee support is one that stabilises the joint while gripping your kneecap, to prevent strained rotation of the knee. As well as being breathable and comfortable while you're skiing. 

The GenuTrain S is a good knee support to prevent skiing related injuries. The joint splints guide the knee, providing lateral movement support while keeping the area stable. This improves sensorimotor function for maximum movement control.

    How to treat a skiing injury

    We recommend visiting a physiotherapist for treatment and advice on treating common ski related injuries like knee injuries and skier's thumb. They may recommend the following treatments.
    • Strains or Sprains: many sprains and strains can be treated with the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. A good physiotherapist can assist with the recovery however prevention is always better than cure.
    • Medial Collateral Ligament injury: this occurs when the (valgus) force is too great for the ligament to resist and the ligament is overstretched. Treatment of an MCL injury varies depending on its severity. Always consult a physiotherapist to receive a full diagnosis and treatment plan.
    • Ligament Tearing: ligament tears will generally always require surgery. A torn ligament rebuild uses a tissue graft, as the ligament will not generally heal properly otherwise. Surgery can be minimally invasive however these injuries may take considerable time to heal.

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    Bauerfeind products are developed at our innovation and manufacturing facility in Zeulenroda, Germany. Based on years of scientific research, our award-winning braces and support garments are highly recommended by medical professionals and athletes worldwide.

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    Knee braces for skiing related injuries:

    GenuTrain S Hinged Knee Brace

    The GenuTrain S Hinged Knee Brace significantly stabilises and provides advanced pain relief to the knee joint. 

    SofTec Genu Knee Brace

    This knee brace works to support moderate to severe ligament tears and ruptures, patellar fractures, severe meniscus issues, MS and muscular control issues.

    SecuTec Genu Knee Brace

    A torn ligament, collateral ligament injury or operation on the meniscus can mean that the knee joint needs to be stabilised externally for a period of time.

    The SecuTec Genu hinged knee brace is a lightweight but sturdy knee orthosis, designed to fit the anatomy of the leg.


    Elite athletes and skii champions use German-made Bauerfeind products to prevent and treat knee injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament injuries, knee sprain and meniscus tears.

    "At first, I couldn't believe it's another cruciate ligament tear! Being an athlete and watching from the sidelines and not being able to participate is awful", says Andrea. Check out this video to see how Bauerfeind knee braces changes the life of ski champion Andrea Limbacher.