One of the most common complaints voiced by golfers and tennis players is that pertaining to elbow pain. "Golfers Elbow," pains in the inside of the elbow, and "Tennis Elbow," pains on the outside of the elbow, arise from the constant overuse of swinging a racquet, club, or other repetitive motion from, typing to gardening activities. Although these pains, which can impair the movements of the arms and wrists, can sometimes be severe enough to lead to surgery, most professionals first attempt more conservative treatments such as medications, injections, and wearing elbow sleeves.
The elbow sleeve provides targeted compression to the key areas responsible for elbow pain. The Zensah Compression Elbow Sleeve provide a "snug but not too tight" fit, ensuring that no discomfort is felt, and the no-slip cuff ensures that the sleeves stay in place during even vigorous exercise. The moisture wicking technology transfers sweat to the outside of the garment allowing easy evaporation, thus preventing the sleeve from getting heavier while exercising. The Advance + Compression™ Technology allows the bottom cuff to be folded over in case any added compression is desired to treat tennis elbow, and the Chevron ribbing provides the much needed support to the forearm. Furthermore, the elbow sleeves have Zensah's antimicrobial silver ions that fight bacteria, thereby preventing any odors that normally arise. Micro-tears in the elbow muscles are prevented by keeping the muscles from vibrating during exercise. This alone prevents muscle soreness post-workout and ensures that you are prepared to train just as hard the next day.
When should the compression elbow sleeve be worn?
The sleeves are typically worn during the activity itself as the Zensah Compression Elbow Sleeves are manufactured with seamless technology to ensure superior comfort. Furthermore, the compression elbow sleeve is worn to aid in recovery. After a long workout or training session, the limb tends to swell causing irritation and inflammation. In these instances, wearing a compression sleeve will help to reduce post exercise swelling and speed muscle recovery. It should not, however, be worn while sleeping.
Edward McFarland, a professor of orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, says that about 50% of patients with golfer's or tennis elbow seem to get relief from compression sleeves. "They are not expensive and if they don't work, they don't cause harm. I encourage people to try them," adds Dr. McFarland, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.