Our product highlight series covers our E75 line of compression sportswear. These educational posts will give you a better idea of all the compression options that we carry, as well as recommended usages for each option. This week, we’ll be highlighting Enerskin’s Elbow Compression Sleeves.
Out of all the compression gear out there, perhaps one of the most visible is the elbow or arm compression sleeve. Allen Iverson rocked compression sleeves nearly 20 years back, initially to help with elbow bursitis but later for protective and performance reasons. And there’s no denying it, those sleeves were a style statement as well.
Today, athletes in many different sports wear elbow or arm compression sleeves. In this post, we’ll be diving more into the benefits and usages of these sleeves, specifically highlighting Enerskin’s E75 Elbow Compression Sleeves.
E75 Elbow Compression Sleeves
Enerskin’s E75 Elbow Compression Sleeves were developed for dynamic, intense, or repetitive arm movements with key support for the critical muscles and tendons surrounding the elbow. These include the triceps, biceps, and forearms, which are critical for all types of sports and athletic activities involving the upper body.
Benefits of Elbow Compression Sleeves
Whether you’re into basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, weight lifting, or rowing, elbow compression sleeves provide many benefits to help you perform at your best. Key benefits include better circulation, optimal temperature, injury protection, and enhanced recovery.
Elbow compression sleeves improve circulation by increasing the amount of oxygen that your muscles receive, similar to the original compression leg garments prescribed by doctors to patients suffering poor circulation which improved blood flow back to the heart. According to a study published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, compression sleeves help improve blood flow and oxygenation of muscle tissue.
In addition to better circulation, these sleeves help regulate your body temperature, keeping joints and muscles warm so that they can perform optimally. This results in injury protection, since injuries often occur when the joints and muscles haven’t been sufficiently warmed up.
Better yet, Enerskin’s E75 Elbow Compression Sleeves use a patented silicone printing technology that allows for multiple layers of silicone tape to be printed directly onto the compression fabric. The integrated tape increases the level of compression and support which also aids in injury prevention.
And finally, elbow compression sleeves aid in recovery. A 2014 study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise backs this up. Study participants were all observed with decreased maximal strength after lifting weights. But the participants that wore compression immediately after working out saw faster recovery of their muscle strength 24 hours later compared to participants that did not wear compression.
What to Look For
There are a ton of elbow compression sleeve options out there. Here are a few things we recommend looking out for when shopping for your next sleeve.
The most important factor is sizing. Elbow or arm compression sleeves are only effective if they fit correctly. Oftentimes, people will purchase sleeves that are too tight or too loose, which turns those sleeves into fashion accessories. It’s important to look at the sizing charts for specific sleeves, since sizing may vary across different companies.
Another factor is materials. The quality of compression sleeves varies greatly in the market. Cheaper materials may result in a lower price point, but that could be at the expense of durability. The E75 Elbow Compression Sleeves are composed of 65% nylon and 35% spandex. Our revolutionary Enerflex fabric was carefully tested and developed to provide the exceptional hold of professional-grade compression with superior comfort even during the hardest workouts. The 4-way stretch allows adequate freedom of movement and all day comfort.
And finally, look at compression levels too. Cheaper sleeves may not provide good compression. Enerskin is proud to offer medical-grade compression sportswear with graduated and targeted compression. The E75 Elbow Compression Sleeves offer compression levels of 20-30 mmHg (medical grade 1).
Elbow compression sleeves are so much more than a fashion statement - they are extremely effective in helping you achieve your best performance on the field, court, or weight room. There are a ton of benefits to wearing these sleeves, and we hope you consider the factors we covered the next time you look for new compression gear!