We often see popular athletes wearing knee sleeves, but the less common elbow sleeve may be just as necessary, particularly if you work out regularly and lift weights!
What are elbow sleeves, and why should you wear them?
These are elbow sleeves that you wear to stay warm, alleviate aches and pains, and prevent injury.
The elbow support sleeve provides compression and increases muscle tissue oxygenation, allowing you to perform better during short bursts of activity. Keeping your joints warm often aids in the successful warming of your connective tissue, which is especially necessary as you age.
In reality, they've been around for about 60 years and were first used to treat problems related to blood vessel disorders. It aids in the reduction of blood lactate levels and blood pooling, resulting in less pain and swelling. Except for the bench press, where springier styles of elbow sleeves help lock out the lift, they're legal to use in weightlifting competitions – which is why all elbow protection isn't required for competition benching.
What makes the elbow sleeve different from the compression cuff and the elbow wrap?
Compression cuffs and elbow sleeves are somewhat similar in that they both offer compression to help with aches and pains, muscle support, quicker recovery from a muscle injury, and prevention of new injury.
On the other hand, the cuff is much smaller than the sleeve and is mostly used for localized joint compression to help relieve discomfort, allowing you to exercise more than if you weren't wearing one. Cuffs can provide a little more mobility because they are smaller, but they also provide less protection and retain less heat during strenuous exercise.
On the other hand, wraps are more difficult to use and wear, as well as being more noticeable. If you don't have elbow sleeves or a compression cuff and are healing from an injury, an elbow wrap is a safer choice than not wearing any protective equipment or accessories at all.
Are our elbow sleeves suitable for you?
Yes, they are! When performing strenuous workouts and lifting weights, any form of safety gear or accessory that prevents excessive muscle stretching and provides muscle support should always be used.
What's more critical than wearing those gear and accessories is that you practice proper technique – and that your technique isn't harmed as a result of wearing them – i.e. You don't know how to do proper technique until you remove your elbow sleeves.
In the event of an elbow injury:
- Protect the elbow from further injury as soon as possible.
- For 15 to 20 minutes, apply an ice pack to the affected area (with short intervals in between, as necessary). Repeat as required during the day to help relieve pain.
- Apply a compression bandage to reduce swelling.
- Rest with your arm elevated.
Avoid doing some more workout right now. Seek immediate medical help if you have extreme pain and/or difficulty moving your elbow and arm normally.
Check out our Elbow Sleeves to help you prevent injury and get more exercise!
Aren't elbow sleeves your thing? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Please take a look at our Arm Sleeve at Incrediwear!