Active Comfort Compression Elbow SleeveC$19.68
The McDavid Active Comfort Compression Elbow Sleeve uses tech print technology to offer extra compression, stability and support.
An elbow compression sleeve provides compression to the elbow joint to aid blood flow through the area. This helps injured, sore or tired muscles, tendons and ligaments recover more quickly than they otherwise would.
These sleeves apply higher levels of compression than a basic elbow sleeve. One way to think of them is as basic elbow sleeves with therapeutic levels of compression.
Elbow sleeves confer a number of benefits to the wearer:
The effects of compression clothing in general on sports performance and muscle recovery were studied in July 2011 by Born, Sperlich & Holmberg. The study used 95% confidence intervals to compare the results of experimental trials (using compression) and control trials (without compression). Effect size (Hedges g) adjustments were also used for the analysis.
The investigators found “small effect sizes for the application of compression clothing during exercise for short-duration sprints (10-60 m), vertical-jump height, extending time to exhaustion (such as running at VO2max or during incremental tests), and time-trial performance (3-60 min).”
Where recovery times were concerned, the investigators also found small but measurable benefits from the use of compression clothing. Specifically, wearing compression clothing after exercise produced small to moderate improvements in the time to recovery of maximal strength and power. The investigators observed improvements in vertical jump exercise, muscle swelling reduction, perceived muscle pain and blood lactate removal.
The overall conclusion of the study was that the “application (wearing:sic) of compression clothing may assist both athletic performance and recovery in given situations with consideration of the effects of magnitude and practical relevance”
These sleeves offer therapeutic compression levels but also have an adjustable pad that can be positioned to apply additional compression to specific areas of the elbow or forearm. Elbow sleeves with pads are particularly effective in treating elbow tendonitis or, as it is more commonly known, tennis elbow or golfers elbow.
When suffering from tennis elbow, for example, the user can position the pad just below the bony prominence at the outside of the elbow. Positioned in this way, the pad helps to absorb the vibrations travelling up the forearm to the lateral (outer) elbow tendons. With fewer vibrations reaching them, these tendons are able to rest and gradually recover from the irritation and inflammation that is characteristic of tennis elbow injuries.
Similarly, when suffering from golfers elbow, the user can position the pad just below the bony prominence at the inside of the elbow joint. Positioned in this way, the pay will help to protect the medial (inner) elbow tendons and allow them to gradually recover from the irritation and inflammation characteristic of golfers elbow.
As can be seen from the above, the elbow compression sleeve is extremely capable of functioning as either a tennis elbow brace or golfers elbow brace.
With the huge number of these sleeves on the market today, it is useful to offer a few suggestions on choosing the best sleeve for one’s needs:
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