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Performer Patella Knee Support


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For mild ligament sprains, strains, Osgood Schlatter or patellar instabilities

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Product Description

Ideal Application:

Recommended for mild or moderate ligament joint pain, sprains, strains, Osgood Schlatter disease or patellar instabilities.

Features Benefits:

  • Compressive neoprene support
  • Thigh and calf straps provide additional support and compression
  • Sewn-in pad for additional patellar support
  • Medial/Lateral spiral stays

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Size Chart & Fit Help


Take the measurement of your thigh and calf 6" above and below your kneecap using a flexible type tape measure.  Use the measurement you take here to choose your size.

Size Thigh Knee Center Calf
S 15 1/2" - 18 1/2" 13"-14" 12"-14"
M 18 1/2"- 21" 14"-15" 14"-16"
L 21"- 23 1/2" 15"-17" 16"-18"
XL 23 1/2" - 26 1/2" 17"-19" 18"-20"
XXL 26 1/2" - 29 1/2" 19"-21" 20"-22"


Center Knee 1. Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, legs slightly bent and leg muscles contracted.
6 in Above 2. Measure up six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown.
Thig Circle 3. Measure the circumference of your thigh at the 6-inch mark, as shown.
6 in below 4. Measure down six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown. Then measure the circumference of your calf at the 6-inch mark.
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  • Victoria at 11/05/2014 5:01 pm
    • I was diagnosed with Osgood Schlatter and had surgery to have it removed. Since the surgery I have had issues with my patella tendon. I'm looking for a brace to help with stability so that I am able to still work out, and maybe help decrease pain.
      Which brace do you recommend?
    • Victoria
      Another option besides the DonJoy Performer Patella Knee Support is the DonJoy Reaction Web Knee Brace. The Reaction decreases pain in the front of the knee by absorbing force into the webing of the brace. Take a look at this brace as well: https://www.betterbraces.com.au/donjoy-reaction-knee-brace
  • Theresa Cammarata at 9/05/2014 4:49 am
    • I have mild grade II chondromalacia involving the patella. I need a knee brace that provides support because my kneecap slides when I bend my knee causing extreme pain. I am not a runner or play sports, and I was wondering if this brace would be good for that? My orthopedic said it could be with or without hinges, it was my choice. I also have mild arthritis due to a previous knee injury, that was repair via arthroscopy last year. Thank you.
    • Theresa
      This brace will work for Chondromalacia of the knee. You most likley do not need hinges in the brace unless you feel that your knees are unstable.
  • Daniel at 7/05/2014 11:43 am
    • i have mild arthritis and i really want to get back into soccer now that i have a tournament coming up in two weeks is there a knee brace you recommend?
    • Daniel
      The Reaction Web Knee Brace is great for those who suffer from anterior knee pain caused from mild arthritis. The web design absobs shock to the knee and decreases pain. https://www.betterbraces.com.au/donjoy-reaction-knee-brace If you have pain not in the front of your knee but in the joint itself, perhaps a stadard hinged knee brace will be better for you. The DonJoy Economy hinged knee will give you general support and stability. https://www.betterbraces.com.au/donjoy-economy-hinged-knee
  • Ken at 27/04/2014 8:15 am
    • I play soccer avidly and have fallen twice on my left knee with my knee fully flexed. My patella is tendor/sore, nothing more serious. I'm looking for something that will protect it and provide support. I bought a cheap neoprene sleeve abdwas wearing it when I fell on it again this past week. I play on turf and would like a more supportive brace. What would you recommend,
    • Ken
      A Brace for just some general support I would reccommend the DonJoy economy Hinged Knee Brace: https://www.betterbraces.com.au/donjoy-economy-hinged-knee The brace has two metal hinges sewn into the fabric, and will give general support to your knee. You can get this brace in the sleeve version for better fit.
  • Nick at 20/04/2014 10:56 am
    • I am a very competitive soccer player, and I had ACL Reconstruction about 5 months ago. I am going to start competing within the next month to two months and am unsure of which brace to buy. It looks impossible to play soccer in one of these huge braces like the donjoy defiance but a sleeve seems to not be enough. Which one is recommended for soccer players? thanks.
    • Nick
      For someone like you who is only months from a ACL reconstruction, you would need to wear a rigid ligament knee brace. The two choices are the DonJoy Defiance and the DonJoy Full Force Knee Brace. Both of these braces have the fourcepoint hinge which is needed to protect your knee from a re-tear of the ACL. These braces are made for athletes so they can be worn playing soccer or any other sport. The Defiance has a life-time warranty on the hinges and frame, and the Full Force has a 1 year warranty on the hinges and frame. We also offer the Knee Guarentee if you are not a Division 1 athlete: http://www.djoglobal.com/knee-guarantee-registration-form
  • Samantha at 15/04/2014 5:20 am
    • I have suffered from patella subluxations in my left knee three times, the most recent was was two weeks ago. I will have surgery this summer to tighten the tendons around my kneecap. My orthopedic surgeon also discovered that I have arthritis on my knee, which he expects to worsen if I do not have corrective surgery. Which patella support brace would you recommend to someone who is not a runner, but exercises moderately? I am a teacher, so I am standing much of the day, and I need something that will be comfortable, but also offers full support. Thanks!
    • Samantha
      Either the Tru-Pull Lite Knee Brace https://www.betterbraces.com.au/donjoy-tru-pull-lite or the DonJoy Lateral J Patellar Knee Brace: https://www.betterbraces.com.au/donjoy-lateral-j-patella-knee-brace both of these braces are indicated for those who sublux the knee cap. They keep the kneecap in the correct position while walking and doing activities
  • Neal Shanblatt at 28/02/2014 7:30 am
    • How does this brace compare to the Donjoy Reaction Web knee brace for patellofemoral syndrome?
    • The reaction knee brace has the elastomeric design that will disperse forces on the knee into the muscles of the leg, the Performer gives support around the patella with a U shaped buttress.
  • Abbie at 23/01/2014 11:05 am
    • I am a runner currently recovery from a severe impact injury that resulted in a tibial plateau fracture. While my knee itself did not suffer damage, I'm currently still swollen after four weeks since the accident occurred. I'm in no condition to start running again, but feel that I would benefit from a knee brace when I'm finally given the green light. Would this brace be beneficial for someone such as myself.
    • Abie
      Because of your injury I would suggest the Economy hinged knee Brace. https://www.betterbraces.com.au/donjoy-economy-hinged-knee The tibial plateau is part of the knee joint so some type of hinged knee brace would give you support for the knee. You could get the hinged Performer if you have problems with the bottom of your kneecap, since this is a patella stabilizing brace.
  • Mark at 23/12/2013 2:01 pm
    • I run around 20 miles per week. I am ACL deficient in both knees. I also have moderate OA in the left knee...medial side. Will this brace act somewhat like an un-loader....or do you have another suggestion.
    • Hello,

      The Performer is a great knee brace for Patella Tendonitis. For your situation I recommend an OA brace which will provide Off-load and will provide stability to the ACL.

      See that attached link for the product recommendation.


      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • Steve at 20/12/2013 8:21 am
    • I have concusive damage to the meniscus in my right knee. It is not a full tear. I have been doing some therapy, but noticed a lot of improvement when wearing a similar brace that my wife had from years ago, the problem is that it is too small and I can only wear it for short periods of time. Would this brace be ideal for helping heal from my condition? What seemed to help about he other brace was the support from the stays on either side and the compression.
    • Steve
      Thank you for contacting DJO. This brace should give you the compression you want but if you want metal hinges on either side you need to order the hinged version of this brace which is available as well. If you have any other questions please let us know
  • A customer at 28/10/2013 12:43 pm
    • My daughter is a cheerleader, a flyer at that, for competition teams. Her knee popped out the past 3 yrs, and then it remains weak until she builds it back up. She eventually goes without a brace once she is strong again. Is this the best choice for full flexibility and movement while supporting her knee cap during one of her 'weak' times of the year? We want to prevent it dislocating while she's practicing and working out.
    • The DonJoy Performer Patella Knee Support would be a great brace to offer stability to your daughter's knee. The buttress is going to offer her the tracking guidance and security that she needs and still allow her the range of motion needed to practice and compete. Another option to look at will be the DonJoy Lateral "J". This is assuming her knee cap dislocates to the outside of the leg. Thank you for your question and for contacting DJO.
  • Michael at 26/07/2013 2:58 am
    • I have arthritis in both of my knees and just recently started to have some tendonitis/bursitis issues in my right knee from running. The Doctor gave me a DonJoy knee sleeve to wear for a week or two while I rest it and when I walk I have to constantly pull it back up all day. I want to keep things stable when I return to working out. Will this brace help me when I return to working out and running? Also is there any metal in this brace for stablization? I only ask because I work at a place that I have to clear a metal dectector on a daily basis and don't want this to set it off. Thanks.
    • Hello Michael,

      It sounds like you got the wrong size if it is sliding down. We have several options for knee supports, please take a look at the link below to see your options. We do have knee braces with hinges if you would like additional support.


      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • Linda Iannetta at 24/07/2013 9:39 pm
    • I have bilateral knee replacements done 15 years ago. The right knee replacement needs revision of the plastic spacer.But until surgery I need a brace big enough to fit my short ,heavy leg.When I walk or go down steps the right knee bows out to the right.Also the knee will shift left to right when I step down or bend over to tie my shoe.I will be traveling in Sept. in Italy.I will be doing a lot of walking and standing,I need a brace to give me support but also allow me to walk without rolling from side to side.Surgery is scheduled for October. My measurements are Thigh:261/2" ,Knee: 20" and calf :17"Thank-you
    • Hello Linda,

      I recommend the Playmaker in Wrap Around Style, your Quadriceps and Knee are XXL, and your calf is a Large. The Wrap Around will accomodate for the smaller calf size.


      Thanks for Contacting Donjoy.
  • Mac at 4/06/2013 12:11 pm
    • Hi, I have had a history of patella subluxations due to a lateral tracking patella, developed chondromalacia and finally had lateral release surgery a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I have increased my weight lifting activity doing more Olympic lifting and began to have flare ups. I need a brace to support my patella and reduce the negative inflammatory effects of chondromalacia flare ups. Do you recommend this knee brace or would the DonJoy Lateral J Patella Knee Brace be a better fit for my weight lifting needs. Thanks
    • Hello Mac,

      I would recommend the Tru-Pull Lite, it provides moderate support and is very comfortable due to its low profile. Its the shortest patella brace we have available. The Performer provides mild support to the patella, and is longer in length.

      Your selection should be based on the amount of support you need, and desirable size of the brace, and type of activity you will be involved in.

      Thanks for contacting Donjoy.
  • Danielle at 11/08/2012 7:19 pm
    • I tore my ACL last October. I do not have a high activity level, but will like to change that since I will be starting college next week. I noticed there is an ACL sleeve that is the same price as this patella support, but I didn't know if the ACL sleeve had Velcro straps. The straps are very important as I have an odd shaped leg which did not work well with my bulky brace I received post op. the Velcro straps may help keep this brace in place and will be such a relief as I'm walking.
      Please help. (:
    • You should check out the Playmaker it is designed for ACL instability. Or the custom made Defiance or Defiance III.
  • Rick at 26/05/2012 12:24 pm
    • I play tennis. Can this brace be fully flexed since it has stays on each side?
    • Yes, you can bend your knee normally in the brace.
  • Mary at 22/07/2011 12:13 pm
    • My daughter plays Volleyball and dislocated her kneecap. the Dr. said she may be prone to this in both kneecaps due to how her knees are formed. She had used a J brace, it isnt holding up that well as well as her kneecap doesnt fit into the hole. she has also used a smaller one similar to the True Pull light but the straps stretch so feel loose. does the Performer offer the support the J brace does but maybe this will be easier to put on.
    • No the Perform is not going to provide any more support than the J brace, or the Tru-pull Lite. I would suggest looking at the Tru-pull Advanced System. It is going to provide the most support for the patella.
  • julia owens at 2/07/2011 12:50 pm
    • I have sprained my left knee five times, but it feels stronger now since I have done phisical theraphy, but my patella still moves out of place easy. I play soccer alot and need a brace for running and twisting, will this work?
    • Based on your injury and athletics, I'd recommend the Donjoy Tru Pull Lite.
  • Betty at 6/06/2011 12:24 am
    • I have had reconsructive surgery after tearing an ACL. I am looking to get out of the ACL brace that was needed after the surgery (approx. 15 months ago). Is this a good alternative to the ACL brace, which at this point is a little too much brace.
    • The Donjoy Playmaker or the Donjoy Hinged Knee would be a better choice for your condition and activity level.
  • Joseph at 15/02/2011 11:33 am
    • I partially tore my ACL back in November. Spring football is around the corner, wondering if this is a good product to prevent another tare?
    • If you want to have ACL protection during sports, you'll need something desgined to withstand more activity.

      DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Wraparound/Sleeve
  • Bobby at 8/06/2010 7:08 am
    • I am an avid basketball player, and i have patella chondromalacia in both my knees. Will this knee brace provide me with optimal support? Also, as of recent my knees tend to accumulate fluid and swell up when I play sports, will this prevent any additional swelling or help keep everything in order?
    • This knee support would be good choice for your condition. The compression and support it provides to your knee should help with your patella chondromalacia and swelling your experiencing.
  • Stephanie at 25/03/2010 2:10 pm
    • I have dislocated my kneecap on my right knee 3 times now. But I am a long distance runner. Is this the best brace for my situation? Also I have dislocated my left kneecap once but it feels strong. Should I wear the same brace on the left knee as my right when I return to running?
    • The DonJoy Performer Patella Knee Support is a terrific brace for keeping your knee cap aligned during activity. Since you are a long distance runner you might want to look at a lighter weight brace that will be a bit more ideal for running. Have a look at the DonJoy Tru-Pull Lite (https://www.betterbraces.com.au/donjoy-tru-pull-lite-12). It's primary function is to help with patella tracking while being lighter and cooler than this Performer Patella which is larger overall and therefore supports the entire knee not just the knee cap.
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