Many people complain of knee pain when cold weather hits, especially those who like to stay active and outdoors all winter long. If you’ve started to notice worse than usual knee pain when skiing, it might be time to add some extra support.
Skiing and snowboarding are considered to be some of the most dangerous sports around. It’s hard to nail down precise numbers, because it’s not as though everyone who gets a lift ticket will experience an injury. What is known is that knee injuries are most common on the ski hill. A 2013 literature review collected reports that claim knee injuries make up from 27% to 41% of all skiing-related injuries. A multi-season study at an alpine resort in 2013 reported 43% of injuries being knee-related. Another retrospective study of injuries at another popular skiing destination over the last five years reported 31.2% of injuries being to the knee. These injuries also range in severity, with the most common being a sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and/or the medial collateral ligament (MCL).
So, what are your options? All knee supports have pros and cons; the important thing is to figure out which one best suits your knees and needs.
Whichever of these options you choose, your body will thank you for the extra support. It’s never too early or too late to start loving your knees properly. As the largest joint in your body, they carry you through everything. They deserve proper care.
It’s up to you to choose what feels right for you and your body, but we do have a suggestion to make. Each of these options has drawbacks, of course. But what if you could combine the benefits all in one product? Then, you’d really have the best knee support for skiing and snowboarding.
Enter: Bracelayer® compression pants with built-in knee support. Unlike knee compression sleeves and braces that are always falling down, Bracelayer® compression pants stay right where you put them, providing targeted support to the knees and hips. Right where you need it the most!
Our Tri-Tech support layer contains medical grade, perforated neoprene, as found in most conventional compression knee sleeves, a Stabiluxe™ compression fabric base, and compression mesh overlay. The Alpine pants, available in KS and KX designs, are constructed on a thermal Stabiluxe compression fabric base, making them the ultimate knee support for skiing.
In fact, they might even be the best thermal base layer for skiing. Even if you aren’t yet experiencing knee pain, the rate of injury makes it apparent that skiers need knee support. You’re always going to need a base layer to keep you warm under those ski pants, so why not make that layer one with extra support. Preventative care is one of the best ways to keep you skiing longer and stronger.
If you’re already experiencing knee pain, then what are you waiting for? Don’t just take our word for it. Check out what other cold weather athletes have to say about Bracelayer® pants.