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    Are knee braces allowed in Triathlons? Namely for the run portion?

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    I've seen guys wearing neoprene knee supporters. Don't know if you'd really call them "braces" though. They aren't much more than neoprene tubes with a hole for the kneecap.

    When I think of a knee brace, I think of those contraptions that have aluminum rods on either side of the knee to keep it in line. I doubt that something like that would be allowed because it'd be like a weapon in the swim!

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    I can't see any reasons why you shouldn't be allowed to where a knee brace... It won't make you faster, it can't be construded as floatation devise (if you where it in the swim) or an aerodynamic aid on the bike, so go ahead and wear it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by audiojan
    I can't see any reasons why you shouldn't be allowed to where a knee brace... It won't make you faster, it can't be construded as floatation devise (if you where it in the swim) or an aerodynamic aid on the bike, so go ahead and wear it.

    Well it wouldn't be used in the swim and might not be used on the bike at all. I just need the support on my knee with the hard impact of running. And it is more or less a neoprene sleeve.

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    I've done several duathlons with a knee support (neoprene type) and no one has ever questioned it. The idea of "not being legal" hasn't even entered my mind. I did go through the USAT rule book (http://www.usatriathlon.org/Rules_Officials/rules.htm) and can't find any reason what-so-ever why you can't wear a knee support.
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    Hey guys, I get some knee pain due to an old skiing incident, do you really think those neoprene knee things help? Maybe I ought to pick one up, and whats the difference between those and the little band ones you see that go just below (I think) the knee? And to keep this reply more inline with this post, I see people using knee braces all the time. I race every weekend (running as well as Bi's) and go to a lot of Tri's with friends. I see people with knee braces from time to time and no one ever seems to be bothered by it. They often say you can't wear headphones and I see people racing with their iPods all the time...

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    The neoprene brace is a general support for the knee (all ligaments and usually a horseshoe pad around knee cap to keep patella from floating) the one with the hinge on the side give more protection (against trauma) for lateral and medial collateral ligaments however wouldn't be worth it in a tri due to the fact you usually wont have significant contact to that part of the knee unless someone trips and fall on you. The straps around the knee are Cho Pat straps for a specific condition of patellofemoral syndrome and should be worn just below knee cap. So first find out why you have knee pain then if you can fix the problem (maybe bad form, bad shoes or need orthotics) if you cant then go with brace.............. Man I am sounding way to much like racegirl..... but not as cute of course......

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    Quote Originally Posted by psycofish
    The neoprene brace is a general support for the knee (all ligaments and usually a horseshoe pad around knee cap to keep patella from floating) the one with the hinge on the side give more protection (against trauma) for lateral and medial collateral ligaments however wouldn't be worth it in a tri due to the fact you usually wont have significant contact to that part of the knee unless someone trips and fall on you. The straps around the knee are Cho Pat straps for a specific condition of patellofemoral syndrome and should be worn just below knee cap. So first find out why you have knee pain then if you can fix the problem (maybe bad form, bad shoes or need orthotics) if you cant then go with brace.............. Man I am sounding way to much like racegirl..... but not as cute of course......
    I'm actully suppose to go through an orthoscopic surgery on my knee this winter (off season) to see if they can't figure out why it hurts and clean it up

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