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6/8/12 9:10 AM
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so i have a grade 1 tear in my mcl and im just starting to go back to train again.

anyone got any decent recommendations on some type of knee support? apart from taping.
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Braces for those who grapple are always hard to recommend, due to the need to protect the person you are training with as well.

Here are several options for knee braces that would specifically help for an MCL sprain with my option on each. I also chose all DonJoy brand braces to keep similarities for comparison, but Bregg braces are also a great brand as well.

1) http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-economy-hinged-knee
This is the Economy Hinge brace. Honestly won't provide the highest level of support but will also allow for a bit more movement as well for those who don't want to feel "too restricted". Also if budget is a concern and the sprain isn't all that bad, it may be a good option.

2) http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-drytex-neoprene-deluxe-hinged-knee-wraparound-sleeve#
This is the Delux Hinge brace. This is a good option for a basic sprain that still needs a bit of support during activity. With grappling, the problem is that the metal hinges are exposed, but I will list a solution below.

3) http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-playmaker-knee-brace
This is the "Playmaker" Hinge brace. Great support for this brace for a ligament sprain and thinner material that won't feel as bulky as the Delux Hinge brace. Costs a little bit more though. Again it has exposed metal hinges.

For any of the braces, especially the ones with exposed metal, it would be best to purchase a knee brace cover to protect those who you are training with. Here is a link to one from the same website: http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-sports-brace-cover. You may have to add some additional padding around the hinges so they don't tear through the cover too quickly with wear-and-tear, but it should provide a good bit of protection for your training partners.

Hope this all helps and feel free to ask and questions.

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