McDavid 463 Shoulder Support Review

A pulled shoulder, or any injury on your shoulder, is never a pleasant experience. Not only is it painful, but it’s also debilitating enough to decrease your daily productivity. But with a shoulder brace like the McDavid 463 shoulder support, a shoulder impairment becomes more bearable.

This shoulder support is made by McDavid to properly protect an injured shoulder. It also relieves pain by applying enough pressure to an existing inflammation. Plus, it’s easy to put on and fits snugly to almost all types of shoulder builds. And, it is latex free.


For the overall design, this shoulder brace features adjustable hook and loop closure straps, and is lightweight enough to be worn for extended periods. It is also built with a latex-free neoprene material, from its binding, to its straps, and cover fabric.

Size availability includes small, medium and large. As for fit orientation, this shoulder brace can be worn on both left and right.


Sport medicine apparel is a tough market, but McDavid Inc. has always managed to stay at the forefront of such industry. It has continually produced some of the best performance braces out in the current market. And this particular shoulder wrap support is one of them.

Unlike other brands, the 463 shoulder support brace by McDavid does not require much effort to be donned, even when you do with just yourself. It also saves you from a lot of pain because you are not forced to move undesirably when putting the brace on. This is found to be very useful in conditions like pulled shoulders and strains, wherein even the slightest motion can trigger excruciating agony.

Securing this shoulder support is easy enough to perform thanks to its hook and loop closure straps. But, a secure fit is not the only advantage that this strapping system yields. The shoulder wrap also helps in achieving an ideal compression level to your injured shoulder, which stops further inflammation and swelling, thus resulting in better pain relief.

However, too much compression is bad for any injury, and not just shoulder-related ones. On the other hand, a loose fit will barely do anything to eliminate pain. And it is for these reasons that the McDavid 463 shoulder support uses an adjustable strap, so you can avoid potentially exacerbating your condition.

McDavid 463 Shoulder Support Shoulder Brace

When it comes to the material build of the shoulder wrap, it uses a neoprene component that also happens to be free from latex. If you do not know already, neoprene is a synthetic type of rubber which is commonly used in most orthopedic braces, like this one. The reason being is that it is ideal for heat retention, which in turn, helps with healing an injury.

When there is a therapeutic amount of heat confined on your injured shoulder, the veins in that area also opens up. This natural response of your veins allow for more blood to pass through, meaning there will be more oxygen and other vital components transported to your injured limb, which results in faster tissue repair.

Other brands of shoulder support braces have an unnecessary amount of bulk to make up for their lack of full support, rendering them unsuitable for extended use. Fortunately, this shoulder support by McDavid offers a lightweight build, without compromising the level of support it provides, making it viable for longer periods.

Apart from being lightweight, this shoulder wrap is also gentle to the skin. With that said, it is perfectly fine for this device to be worn to bed.

McDavid 463 Shoulder Support Shoulder Brace – size table

One thing you should remember is that, this brace is not only useful for managing a present shoulder injury, but it can also be effective in preventing such physical harm. In fact, you’ll be more inclined to perform at your fullest with this shoulder wrap on since you won’t have to worry about accidentally overexerting yourself, because you know you’ll be properly protected.

McDavid Inc. also uses its own unique and patented HexPad technology, which generates a padding system that is durable, breathable, and lightweight. Such technology is also designed to naturally conform to your body’s natural anatomy, ensuring a maximum and comfortable reinforcement.

Aside from the innovative HexPad technology, McDavid also incorporates either the HydraVent Moisture Management Technology or the ThermaVent Moisture Management Technology in all its products. Depending on the use, these two moisture control features also functions differently.

McDavid 463 Shoulder Support Shoulder Brace – measure size

If you are in need of a cool and dry use, the HydraVent setup will be the most beneficial. But if what you need is a warm and dry application, then the ThermaVent is more suited for such situation. Either way, these two moisture wicking technologies will help prevent skin irritations and bad odors.

For sizing, you have small, medium, and large, sizes of the unit to choose from. These sizes also have their own matching chest dimension range, so be sure to refer accordingly. The following are the corresponding measurement ranges for each unit size, listed respectively: 30-36 inches, 36-42 inches, and 42-50 inches.

If your chest size happens to fall in between, or at least close, to two size ranges, then you should pick the larger one, just to avoid potential mismatch.

If you are female, you might have to do some extra adjustments, either above or below your chest area, just to get that comfortable fit with this shoulder wrap.

If you are currently suffering from a mild shoulder injury, then this McDavid 463 shoulder support will definitely help you recover from it. And if you play contact sports like football, or any other events that requires full use of your upper limbs, this brace will also provide all the support you need to avoid injuring your shoulders.

Overall, this shoulder wrap is perfect for either prevention or recovery of shoulder impairments. Plus, this medical brace is also considerably cheaper that other similar products, giving you the total value of your money.

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