Before McDavid, there was “sport” and there was “med”. We started the evolution with a quiet revolution. McDavid has been at the sharp end of sports medicine advancements, technology and thinking for 30+ years. Our focus remains intensely on bringing every advantage to every athlete via:


Provide preemptive protection to reduce the incidence of injury and rehabilitative protection to speed an athlete’s return.


Support an athlete’s post-injury return to activity and enhance an athlete’s performance both physically and mentally.

McDavid SportMed® products are often recommended by physicians and athletic trainers to be worn while recovering from an injury. With varying levels of support and adjustability, McDavid products may shorten recovery time. Additionally, selected products may be worn to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.

McDavid offers a tremendous variety of SportMed® products; each designed to offer a targeted level of protection, performance and comfort.

Support Selection

McDavid’s SportMed® products provide three levels of protection/support:

Level 1 PRIMARY – Features sleeves and supports designed to deliver general purpose protection and support

• Minor pain, sprains and instabilities
• Arthritis, bursitis and tendonitis
• Includes features like adjustable straps for custom fit
• Promotes healing through the use of neoprene thermal therapy and/or breathable elastic

Level 2 ADVANCED – Features wraps and supports designed to deliver minor to moderate protection and support

• Minor to moderate ligament instabilities or pain
• Includes features like straps, stays and buttresses for additional protection and support through compression. Neoprene promotes healing through therapeutic heat retention and soft-tissue support.

Level 3 MAXIMUM – Features braces and guards designed to provide the ultimate protection and support

• Moderate to major instabilities and pain
• Includes features like hinges, splints, straps and stays for additional protection and support
• Neoprene promotes healing through therapeutic heat retention and soft-tissue support through compression

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