Compression Sleeves?

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Compression Sleeves?
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Mon, 05-12-2014 - 12:54pm

Have you ever tried compression sleeves for your calves and shins? What is your opinion?  For those who are professional trainers, what is your professional opinion on them?

I had a trainer at my gym suggest I try a pair since I have had several lower leg injuries in the past few months. I got me a pair of graduated compression sleeves and I have them on now. My legs feel good but I'm wondering how/if they will work to help prevent injury. 

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 05-12-2014 - 3:30pm

I wonder why he thinks they'd help in injuries. From what I've read, they can help in recovery and that makes sense in the same idea that you'd wrap an injured part.  I'm wondering if your injuries might be a postural thing.  The most common thing is that people's knees don't align over their toes.  Have you been fitted for running shoes? That might be a good way to tell.  If you want me to look, you could take pictures from the front, side, back of you doing squats w/ your arms overhead.  Also, make sure your shoes aren't worn down--you get 300-500 miles from a pair of shoes.  Run on softer surfaces, avoid the sidewalk if possible. I've never tried them but do have sleeves and socks.






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Tue, 05-13-2014 - 6:48am

No, I have never used them, and I have no idea.  Good luck!  They sound comfy.

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 05-13-2014 - 12:39pm

Well, I have to say that they are definitely comfy. I wore them all day yesterday and am wearing them today. I used to wear compression stockings years ago for my varicose veins (but didn't need them anymore after I had my veins removed) and it's a similar feel only these sleeves are more comfortable. My sore leg feels good with them on but I have to wonder if it is a placebo affect. 

Jean, I too can understand how these can aid in recovery but not in prevention. Especially since my injuries occured from accidents rather than use. Does that make sense? I saw a lot of people wearing these at my last 5K and I have to wonder why. Maybe they just like the way they feel?

I have been fitted for shoes and I overpronate. I pay a lot for good shoes but I feel they are well worth it especially since I have not had any kind of hip/knee issues this time around while running. My current two pairs of shoes cost more than a car payment. LOL

Karla
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Tue, 05-13-2014 - 1:39pm

Having the right shoes can make a big difference in injury prevention.  What is common if you overpronate is that your toes turn outward and knees turn in which causes flat feet. If you do a squat and your knees are aligned inside the toes (rather than directly over), your adductors (inner thighs and calves) are overly strong and can lead to injuries.  If this is the case, you want to foam roll and stretch the inside of the calves and thighs and strengthen the outer thigh/glutes like clamshells. If you lived closer to me, I could work with you. One thing I find is that you can just be mindful of it--keep your knees aligned over your toes, hips over the knees, shoulders over the hips.  There's a lot more to it but you really need hands on evaluation.  That said, the right shoes/orthotics can help. It doesn't correct the muscle imbalance but it evens out the problem. Think of it like having one leg that seems shorter than the other because your hip is lifted higher. It's ideal to fix the hip but a quick intermediate fix would be to give a shoe raise.






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 05-19-2014 - 7:30am

Now that you brought up this topic, I am seeing so many people with these on at the gym!

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 05-19-2014 - 10:14am

LOL Isn't that weird how that works? 

Karla
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Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 05-21-2014 - 8:04am

lol.  I think I rarelly lift my head to look at anyone when I am at the gym...I get in, I get out with very little fanfare.  :P