Your knees are some of the most vulnerable joints of your body, and using knee sleeves can help keep them safe from injury.
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Actually I was a little taken aback when I was asked the question you see in the title of this post: “Are Knee Sleeves Safe To Use”?
Wearing quality sleeves on your knees helps with muscle coordination, increases joint stability and helps with wasting energy.
So what could be unsafe about that or using knee sleeves?
To tell you the truth I can not imagine for a moment why anyone would doubt the safety of using knee sleeves.
More people are using them every day for weight lifting, squats, sports or any exercise and activity where knee stress is involved to stay safe?
The benefits of any knee sleeve that I’m aware of is:
- Added stability and support
- Warmth for the joint
The extra stability in itself aides in both a mental and physical sense of safety.
Wearing sleeves on your knees will help you prevent injury as the warmth protects your joints and soft tissues naturally.
They are by the nature of design made to help protect injured knees, and to prevent the most common knee injuries which you can see in this post: Are Knee Sleeves Good For Running?
Preventing Injury With Knee Sleeves
A trip to the gym to watch power lifters and people squatting and rising with weights will reveal a lot of neoprene knee sleeves that people are using to keep their knees safe while under tremendous stress.
They know that the combined effects of compression, warmth, and support not only helps protect their knees, but can also improve performance.
I’ve been using knee sleeves for quite some time now (5mm Rehbands, not super tight). I think they are 100% safe for the knees…
I wear them for squats only and slide them down to my ankles for the rest of the workout. I do have them on during warm-ups already (after all, you’re trying to warm up :P) and keep them on when I rest between sets. I don’t wear them on my Deadlift day. Source
Protecting Injured Knees With Sleeves
But where ever you see people wearing sleeves on their knees, research indicates that the majority of them have at one time or the other suffered knee injuries.
Once they experienced weakness in their knees or an injury, protecting and preventing from further injury became more important. Now they know they can depend on knee sleeves to keep their knees safe.
Whether you need protection and support for knees involved in exercise, sporting events, injuries, or arthritis, sleeves are designed for safety and protection.
I wear them for the added support and relief from soreness — and they always help me stay active and exercise with arthritis in my knee.
How Knee Sleeves Work
Knee sleeves increase the blood flow and warmth to your knees by providing compression to the joints and surrounding muscles and tendons.
The compression also keeps your brain alert to what’s going on with your knee, allowing you to have more control and stability.
Whether you’re lifting weights, running with knee sleeves, playing basketball or other sports, or merely wearing them to the mall, you’re likely to experience better:
- Muscle activation and control
If you’re injured or doing something that risk injury, knee sleeves can help you gain and regain control of your knee.
Adequate and increased blood flow is essential to keeping your knees safe during high impact activities, and sleeves keep the blood flow and warmth at your knees.
Warming up before you begin exercise is important, and wearing a knee sleeve is ideal for making sure your knees are warm and prepared before stressing them with exercise.
They will also keep you warm as you safely stretch and cool down the muscles and tendons after running or any other sports or exercise.
Knee injuries are among the most common injuries among active sports enthusiast, and exercisers.
It won’t take you long to notice anything unusual about your knees, because it’s one of the most used and stressed joints of your body.
Knees are so vulnerable and prone to injury, it’s always in your best interest to protect them.
- Live a sedentary lifestyle, you risk loss of motion, mobility and adequate use of your quads and hamstrings that control your knees.
- Heavily involved in sports or exercise, you are over stressing the joints.
- Dealing with knee injuries or arthritis, you need something to support and aide the healing process.
Quality knee sleeves are designed with your knees safety in mind.
So, once again, I say that you couldn’t find anything any more safe to use when it comes to your knees than knee sleeves. Use them for injuries, and the prevention of injuries to be safe!