Hinged knee braces provide the strongest amount of stability for the ligaments in the knee. Hinged braces are ideal for day-to-day activities and all sports for those who are suffering from mild to moderate ligament injuries or instabilities, meniscus injuries, sprains or osteoarthritis. For severe ligament injuries or for those involved in contact sports like football or basketball, it is important to select one of the rigid hinged braces. The rigid hinged braces provide maximum protection and typically do not have a sleeve or wrap. Soft-hinged braces provide a moderate level of support and combine hinge support with a knee sleeve or wrap for compression. For a 100% custom-fit and maximum protection, try a custom knee brace for ACL protection.