Compression sleeves encompass a wide variety of sportswear for the knees, calves, legs, arms and elbows. They confer a wide variety of performance and injury prevention benefits for both serious and casual athletes.
We will explain these benefits in detail in what follows.
We will then provide suggested answers to some questions from those who are just starting to wear compression sleeves.
What Are The Main Benefits Of Wearing Compression Sleeves?
Compression sleeves help to minimize muscle vibration. By so doing, they reduce the risks of injuries such as muscle or tendon strains or ligament sprains.
Compression sleeves also help to enhance your proprioception. This refers to your body’s ability to receive feedback on the relative positions of adjacent body parts. The ability to instinctively do this in the middle of complex sports movements is particularly beneficial. We do not have to rely on consciously doing this ourselves.
This enhanced ability also helps your body to avoid these relative positions when they are potentially harmful.
Hence, a key benefit of proprioception will be an increase in your body’s ability to avoid injuries.
However, its benefits do not stop there. Proprioception also allows your body to more instinctively perform compound actions in a co-ordinated manner.
Many of these complex actions are critical to improved sports performance. Examples are dribbling or shooting a basketball or executing a tennis or golf stroke with correct technique. Each of these requires the various parts of your body to perform different functions. However, the body has to do so in a co-ordinated and instinctive manner.
It is therefore correct to assume that the increased proprioception from compression sleeves will also help to improve sports performance.
There are also many everyday activities that can be improved with better proprioceptive feedback to your central nervous system.
For example, carrying heavy loads, running or walking are all dependent on this feedback. Improved proprioceptive feedback will help you to perform all of them more efficiently and with less risk of injury.
Improved Blood Flow
Compression also improves blood circulation. As a result, wearing compression sleeves will help to improve the supply of fresh blood to specific body parts. This can have several benefits.
First, at the end of a long training or exercise session, your muscles will usually be sore and tired. Wearing compression sleeves will help the body to more efficiently supply those muscles with freshly oxygenated blood. As a result, their recovery period will be shorter. This in turn will, help you to be ready for your next workout that much more quickly.
Second, you may be unfortunate enough to suffer an injury. If so, you will benefit from the enhanced circulation from a compression sleeve.The enhanced ability to replace stale blood at your injury site with fresh oxygen rich blood will help your injury to heal more quickly.
What Should I Look For In The Best Compression Sleeves?
A key feature to look for is wearing comfort. Specifically, the best compression sleeves wick perspiration away from your body and allow it to maintain its natural temperature.
This is an important consideration if the performance benefits of the sleeve are not to be outweighed by the distraction due to its lack of comfort.
When Are Compression Sleeves Most Beneficial?
These sleeves are most beneficial when you:
Are playing a physically demanding sport that requires execution of complex movements. These include sports like tennis, basketball and many others. Improved proprioceptive feedback will help you maintain proper form for longer. This will help your performance, especially as the game wears on;
Have just finished participating in a game or training session and need quick recovery before the next exertion. As we have explained above, compression sleeves will enhance your blood circulation and speed recovery of sore & tired muscles;
Are undertaking a long journey in a plane, train or car. In these situations, many of us with poor circulation experience problems with blood pooling at our lower extremities, such as our feet. Calf compression sleeves (for example) can help to mitigate these circulatory problems by forcing the blood to return to the heart.
Choose the LP Support Arm Power Sleeve and enjoy the ability of its Power Band and Regulation Area to maintain an optimal compression level, minimize your energy wastage and improve your kinetic capacity.
The LP EmbioZ Arm Compression Sleeve has a Power System as well as Power Band & Square Buffer features to improve throwing, smashing and similar actions. The Power System functions to increase stability and proprioception of your elbow-wrist continuous movement and improve the accuracy of your upper extremity movements. The Power Band & Square Buffer surface designs help to enhance your sensory input and further improve your proprioception. The Power System also improves the performance of your upper extremity energy chain during flexion and extension movements. It increases the effectiveness of your energy accumulation and therefore enhances your performance of actions like throwing, shooting (in basketball, for example), hitting, smashing and bowling motions.
The LP EmbioZ Calf Compression Sleeve features a Power Band around your calf muscles that will help to enhance your lower extremity kinetic chain movements between the leg and ankle. This Band helpsyour skin to move against your underlying muscles as you make your regular movements. Like kinesiology tape, the Band uses the resulting forces of pressure, elasticity and recoil to promote the infusion of fresh blood to your calves. In addition, the same forces help to promote the removal of metabolic waste and lymphatic fluids from the calf muscles. The result of these actions is increased freshness of your calf muscles for longer periods. This will in turn improve athletic performance. The sleeve also applies compression to the calf to further support the replenishment of freshly oxygenated blood to the area. Compression also helps to further accelerate lymphatic fluid and waste material removal from the calf area. As a result, you maintain higher energy levels for longer than would otherwise be the case.
The LP EmbioZ Elbow Compression Sleeve uses an innovative Power System and the principles of compression technology to improve your performance by enhancing your energy levels, promoting proprioception and improving your overall technique and efficiency in actions involving the elbow joint. It will also reduce your risk of injury. Try it out and you will be amazed. The Power System uses the same concepts on which kinesiology tape is based to promote the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid through the elbow area. As with kinesiology tape, the Power System uses the siding movement of the skin against underlying muscles as normal movements are performed to improve the flow of fresh blood into the targeted area (the elbow in this case) and the removal of metabolic waste from it. The Power System also applies compression to the elbow area. The two features described above (simulation of kinesiology tape and compression) both help you to maintain higher energy levels for longer and to keep performing at a high level. They also reduce the risk of injuries like muscle strains.
The LP EmbioZ Thigh Compression Sleeve features a Power System that improves the lower extremity kinetic chain, from the thigh to the knee.
The key feature of the LP EmbioZ Thigh Compression Sleeve is a Power System that serves to improve your upper leg kinetic chain, extending from your thigh to your knee. The Power System stabilizes your knee movements and helps to prevent excessive twisting. As with the other members of the LP EmbioZ range, the Thigh Compression Sleeve also helps to increase proprioception. In addition, it helps to enhance the effectiveness and accuracy of your knee movements.
The Power System runs along your thigh muscles and also decreases muscle oscillation. In addition to these benefits, the Power System improves the performance of the lower extremity kinetic chain by more effectively accumulating energy during flexion. This improved efficiency enhances sports performance of activities such as jumping or kicking. You will see the benefit of this performance improvement in sports like soccer, volleyball, basketball or other sports with significant jumping or kicking activity.
The LP Support Knee Power Sleeve will raise your sports performance to new levels by enhancing your muscle balance, improving the efficiency of your energy usage and boosting kinetic chain energy efficiency.
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