R-I-C-E and other Exotic Mnemonics
In some Pickleball circles there should be extra points awarded to the player who dons the most braces. Although bracing can be important mostly in the mature pickleball player, it is important to think about the reasons for wearing a brace based on the symptoms and conditions. If a player is recovering from an injury to the knee and cannot play without the use of a brace, that individual should likely not be playing, but initiating or continuing rehab . There is at times some concern that the use of a brace (especially knee and back braces) may result in some dependence and possible weakening of the area since the brace is taking over some of the support function of muscles and ligaments. Bracing for chronic conditions, however, can be an important part of keeping you playing every day
Most bracing for Seniors is done to provide an element of compression and support. There is always a trade-off between the constraint and support of a brace and comfort. Many a knee brace sits on the shelf or in the garbage because of poor fit or comfort. It is important to understand that there is no knee brace that will make an inherently unstable knee completely stable (chronic ACL injuries with laxity).