McDavid Inc. designs and markets sports medicine, sports protection, and performance apparel for active people and athletes. We are relentless in our pursuit of preventing injuries and enhancing performance.

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Our story began in 1969 when Dr. Robert F. McDavid Jr., the company's namesake and founder emeritus, created the first widely used protective knee brace for football. After a period of grass-roots growth, a company incorporated as McDavid Knee Guard Inc. in 1980. Today, McDavid products top the recommendation lists of pro athletes, sports medicine professionals and athletic trainers. From our research-backed ankle braces to compression shorts with patented technology, McDavid products address both the broad range and the specific needs of professional – and every day – athletes across a variety of sports.

McDavid also has a global story to tell – from our headquarters in Chicago and our subsidiaries in Japan and Europe, to our growing worldwide distribution. Our goal remains to continue our legacy of leading edge products that inspire confidence and help athletes of every level achieve their potential. 

History Making 

McDavid is about putting the athlete first. To that end, we have many gleaming first place trophies in our corporate showcase. Here are a few from our highlight reel.

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To be an essential part of every athlete’s training, motivation and success.


At McDavid, we’re convinced that sport can change people. We are certain that fair play and hard work bring integrity to any game.
We know people want to be smart about the way they train, compete and live. We know that substance is cool and never goes out of style. We believe a company can possess a soul. We celebrate athleticism without cynicism. We tend to go for it on fourth down.


Bob McDavid, President & CEO
Terry Fee, Vice President of Operations

Product Categories

SportMed™ – braces, wraps, and other products to help prevent injury and reduce downtime.
Sports Protection – high-tech cushioning where it’s needed most.
Performance Apparel – compression and recovery wear to protect and support a body in motion.


McDavid products are available at major sporting goods retailers across North America and in Europe, Japan, China, Australia and the Middle East. Products are also available at online retailers and on the company website: www.mcdavidusa.com .

Product Overview


Laser focus on the journey. McDavid is a pioneer in the evolution of sports medicine and the industry leader in sports medicine products with a keen focus on:

Prevention – providing protection and helping reduce the incidence of injury.
Protection – supporting an athlete’s return to activity and enhancing performance.

McDavid SportMed products play an integral role in sports medicine and support the ultimate goal of all athletes – to perform at their best.

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Sports Protection

Protection = confidence. McDavid products support and protect key body areas, enabling ease of movement while maintaining a strong level of protection. On the leading edge of sports protection is McDavid’s Hex™ technology of lightweight hexagon cells that conform to the body and provide different levels of support to match athletic needs and type of activity.

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Performance Apparel

When a shirt is more than a shirt – way more. McDavid Performance Apparel provides the support and level of protection required across a variety of sports. Recovery apparel also addresses a unique set of needs – aiding recovery from athletic activity by reducing lactic acid build-up, increasing the circulation of oxygenated blood for faster recovery from muscle fatigue and improved circulation. And HydraVent hDc™ moisture management provides the one-two punch of allowing the body to stay cooler so it uses less energy.

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