Almost every athlete suffers some sort of knee injury at least once in their career. Your knees are important in everything from running to lifting heavy equipment. The more active you are, the more likely they're going to experience knee pain. When this happens, more often than not you'll find yourself wearing at least one type of knee brace during and after the recovery process. Of course, you don't have to have a sports injury to need and wear a knee brace. Many people do it just for prevention or to alleviate pain from a non-injury-related cause. Knee braces allow you to get back on your feet quickly even if you won't be heading back onto the field for a few days or weeks. Here are five great reasons why you might find yourself wearing a knee brace.