Many people think knee sleeves and knee braces are the same, this is a misconception. They both provide support for your knees, but don’t function the same way. Knee sleeves are designed to prevent knee injuries or potential damage while knee braces are designed to prevent a previous injury from being damaged further. In this article, we’ll be giving you more information about the benefits and disadvantages of knee sleeves.
The common material for knee sleeves is neoprene. Neoprene offers much-needed compression for tired muscles and joints effectively. In order to recover fatigued muscles and joints, a lot of oxygen will be needed in that affected area, requiring efficient blood circulation.
When exercising, your body will produce a lot of waste including lactic acid, requiring efficient disposal which also requires efficient blood flow.
Most compression clothing is designed to be snug to reduce muscle fatigue as the muscle vibration is limited by the tightness. It also increases the speed to blood flow as it constricts the blood vessels which leads to faster transport of nutrients including oxygen. All of that means faster recovery and less soreness.
Knee sleeve benefits
1. Great for high impact sports
Knee sleeves provide many benefits including injury prevention, especially when you’re into heavy impact physical activities such as crossfit (most efficient), rugby, Olympic lifting, powerlifting, and basketball…. Knee movement plays an important role in lifting, as well as clean & jerks, snatches, double unders, air squats, squat jumps, and sprints too.
Back to the topic of crossfit, a knee sleeve will come in handy if:
- You have a previous knee injury or a weak knee.
- You start crossfit late (more than 40 years old).
- You don’t have experience with exercise.
Wearing a knee sleeve not only will reduce the trauma but also give you peace of mind too. People who have just begun can wear knee sleeves to get the proper body placement too.
2. Prevent injuries
Wearing a knee sleeve can provide extra support and prevent potential injuries. Here are some common injuries associated with high impact physical activities that a knee sleeve can reduce, help recover or even prevent.
Patellofemoral Pain syndrome
Knee sleeves can help recover some kinds of existing injuries, much like a knee brace. The Patellofemoral Pain syndrome is caused by an imbalance between the activity of the inner leg muscles and the quadriceps on the upper leg resulting in swelling and pain.
The causes of imbalance are: weak glutes and hips, lack of flexibility in the hamstrings and the quadriceps, and wrong feet placement…which will ultimately affect the patella. The best way to solve this is to strengthen the hips and glutes, hamstrings, and quads.
The injury is the wear & tear of overused tendons. Using a knee sleeve can help prevent it. The injury is common amongst volleyball and basketball players due to a lot of jumping. Lifters too, are a victim of this injury since lifting involves a lot of knee movements.
People who suffer from this injury will have knee pain, redness around the knee, and swelling. Using a knee sleeve will help recover faster as well as allow the wearer to do their normal workouts.
3. Transition to heavier lifting
In order to help beginners to become accustomed to the movements and focus better on the technique of Crossfit without the help of aids, most coaches don’t require them to wear knee sleeves.
However, once you’ve gotten used to it and are transitioning to heavier weights, wearing a knee sleeve will protect your knees from wear and tear. When lifting heavier weights, your knees are bound to develop injuries, a knee sleeve will prevent your knee from getting knee injury by providing additional support from all the stresses and strains.
There is no research showing that suing a knee sleeve can help you lift more weight. You might feel like it does, but that’s probably because you have grown dependent on it too much. At the end of the day, knee sleeves are designed to protect your knee from injuries, not to help you lift more weight.
4. Add warmth to your leg
This is especially useful during the cold winter time when warming and lubricating all your joints become harder. Wearing a knee sleeve not only will make your knee warm but also allow better blood flow.
5. Can be used even when you’re not exercising
Wearing a knee sleeve even when you’re not working out can also benefit you one way or another. One of the main functions of knee sleeves is to enhance your blood flow. And if you are having an injury or feeling a light pain on your knee, you can wear it when doing normal daily activities including running…
6. You look cooler
This might not some kind of big benefit. However wearing a knee sleeve actually does make you look cooler. An even you’re just working out, you’d still want to make yourself presentable right? If you feel confident about the way you look, it can actually help make you try harder.
- You might forego a proper warmup. Before doing heavy lifting or any activity, a proper warmup is the key and you should never cut down on that.
- You might cut down the quality and quantity of your recovery days. Knee sleeves can help your injuries heal faster, but that’s not the reason to rest any less.
- You become dependent on knee sleeves. You still need to work on proper technique and form.
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