why do nba players wear leg sleeves
Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a young basketball player? Maybe try to find aácompression or padded leg sleeve. If high school basketball in York and Adams counties is any indication, leg sleeves are a fast-growing fad in the sport. At just about every game played in the area this year, several players sport white or black sleeves that cover much of their legs. Some stretch all the way down to their ankles, while others end just below the knee, and many players wear sleeves with built-in knee pads. ÁI had a knee injury earlier in the season and started wearing one," said Delone Catholic guard Tavian Dorsey, one of the few players that wears a sleeve only on one leg. "ItÁs feeling better now, but I saw (Los Angeles Lakers guard) DÁAngelo Russell wears one, so I just kind of stuck with it.
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Teammate Logan Alexander, who sports paddedá sleeves on both legs, agrees that seeing NBA players wearing them is a big reason they've become so popular. Many college players wear them too, he added. But what exactly do these sleeves doá besides add a new accessory to the high school basketball uniform? ÁFrom an injury prevention standpoint, thereÁs really no benefit that IÁm aware of," Delone Catholic trainer Jenn Sherdel said of the sleeves that don't include pads. á "ItÁs more about compression, which increases their sense of stability so they feel stronger. ItÁs also moisture-wicking, so it keeps away sweat. " Delone Catholic forwards Bryce Mundorff and Alex Maitland, who both wear sleeves without pads,á said the compression also helps reduce cramping and shin splints during games. "Now if theyÁre padded, it obviously helps prevent contusions or bruises," Sherdel said. á "YouÁll also see if someoneÁs wearing a brace, theyÁll put one under the brace for the moisture-wicking, and it could help prevent chafing.
Á The padded versions of theá sleeves have grown in popularity in boys' basketball, butá have become especially prevalent in girls' basketball where many players sustainá bumps andá bruises from the physical natureá of the game. ÁI remembered a couple years ago, theyÁd be bruised from here to here," South Western coach Kevin Klunk said of his players, gesturing from his thigh to below his knee. á "They were so swollen, theyÁd have bruises on bruises. Á Several of Klunk's players now wear McDavid knee sleeves, which extend to a few inches below their ankles and have a pad built into the area around the knee.
ÁI always drive a lot, and I go for the foul a lot," South Western guard Jacey Shipley said. á "Last year at Dallastown, I hit the floor and my knee started bleeding. My dad always told me that I needed to wear them, and after that I was like, ÁOk, Dad, youÁre right, I probably should wear them. ÁÁ Shipley's teammate Laykin Feeser doesn'tá play as aggressivelyá as Shipley does on offense, but Feeser also appreciates the extra protection. ÁI wear them for when IÁm going for a loose ball and I dive, it protects my knees,Á she said. "TheyÁre not too thick, but theyÁre still comfortable. Á began using a basketball sleeve during the due to in his right elbow.
Afterward, fans wore the sleeve as a, and by 2008, the sleeves were the most popular non-apparel items sold by the league, according to an spokesperson. Other players, including, and have worn the sleeves as well. Iverson continued wearing his basketball sleeve long after his elbow had healed, which led Steven Kotler of Psychology Today to suggest that the sleeve may act as a to prevent future injuries. Basketball sleeves are also sometimes referred to as basketball shooting sleeves. Some players believe the mild compression they provide helps keep their shooting arm warm and improves circulation. Although some studies show improved circulation and reduced soreness, there has been no definitive study on the use of basketball sleeves.
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