Not only your wrists but also your knees are one of the most stressed joints when lifting weights.
There are a lot of squats version to put a load on your knee, but the power clean and the jerk put even more pressure on your knee.
That is the reason why knee sleeves are a common training accessory, that takes different tasks. Generally, you can distinguish between two functional areas of knee sleeves. They mainly prevent injuries but knee sleeves are also used as a therapeutic tool during the healing process of knee injuries.
So as every therapeutical tool, knee sleeves should only be used therapeutical in accordance with a doctor or physiotherapist. If the knee continues to hurt over a long period of time, there is no way a knee sleeve can help and you should see a doctor.
There are a couple of knee sleeves, who work preventively to avoid pain and knee injuries.
Since there is not a lot of body fat and muscles located at the knee, the blood circulation of this joint is not very high.
But for the regeneration of the tissue and the healing of small injuries, good circulation is required. This can be achieved mainly through heat. Most knee sleeves are made of neoprene, a fabric that is known for its warming aspects. Furthermore, knee sleeves made from neoprene have a stabilizing effect.
The knee gets supported through the compression of the sleeve, the impact of the forces performing fast movements – what weightlifting is known for- gets mitigated. In this way risk of injuries is reduced.
When looking for the right knee sleeve, a few major facts should be kept in mind.
The mobility of the joints plays a big role in weightlifting, therefore a sleeve should never harm or slow down fast movements. This can happen when the sleeves have a bad fit, e.g. when they are just too tight or too big.
Basically it is important to ensure that the knee support is anatomically shaped and adapts to the knee. There are different options for thickness, 5 mm and 7 mm have proven to be the most suitable for weightlifting. Every athlete still has to individually decide which thickness works best for him.
7 mm neoprene knee sleeves have an increased stabilizing effect compared to 5 mm knee sleeves. The focus is more on ensuring the greatest possible freedom of movement while simultaneously providing warmth and support.
When selecting sizes, you should follow the tables provided by the manufacturer. Consider also how often the knee sleeves are used per week. If you use them for three or more training sessions per week, it is recommended to order the knee sleeves one size smaller.
Now the knee supports have been in use for a while, they fit perfectly, support during heavy squats and also minimize the risk of injury through their warmth.
However, heat inevitably leads to increased sweat formation and the sleeves also smell quite quickly. Now many people ask themselves whether the knee sleeves can also be washed and above all how. If the manufacturer does not specify otherwise, the knee sleeves can be put into the washing machine. Wash it either cold or at 30 ° with a little liquid detergent.
You should avoid using fabric softener. Due to the heat sensitivity of neoprene, do not use a dryer. Simply let the knee sleeves dry in the air.
DO WITHOUT FABRIC SOFTENER!
It would be desirable to wash knee sleeves. Also for the sake of the gym buddies- at least once a week, but at least every two to three weeks.
Even with regular care and high-quality workmanship, knee sleeves have a limited lifetime. As a rule, the compression effect and stabilization slowly diminishes after about one year of intensive use. Those who use knee sleeves frequently should check after one year at the latest whether the optimal effectiveness is still given.