If you play sports in a hot climate and you rely on knee braces and sleeves to help protect you from injury, you are probably all too familiar with the pool of sweat that gathers around your knee. Not only is it uncomfortable and disgusting, it can cause skin irritations and rash. But don’t sweat it; there are some great knee sleeves on the market that will allow your knee to breathe properly.
Protection and comfort
Originally designed for those with skin sensitivity to neoprene, the DonJoy elastic knee sleeve is constructed of high quality cotton elastic and is incredibly lightweight and breathable. You can run the ball 100 yards on a return and your knee will stay nice and dry. This sleeve also offers a silicone donut for patellar support—a great feature to have if you fear you might be suffering from a meniscus strain.
The sleeve is so lightweight and low profile that you can even wear it under your trousers when you are in class or at work—it is just that comfortable. This sleeve is a fraction of the cost of a hinged knee brace, and is low profile so the wearer can get more uses from it.
Serving you down the dusty trail
If you enjoy hiking, you will love the knee sleeve. Though going uphill seems harder, as it requires more from your muscle groups and cardiovascular system, going down the rocks and trail puts more pressure on your knees. This knee sleeve is a terrific aid in alleviating pressure from the knees. After all, as you step down your knees absorb your body weight and shock from the ground.
What about cartilage problems?
If you require a protective sleeve for your knee that is targeted towards aiding the recovery of a meniscus tear or a minor ACL injury, you will want to consider a cartilage knee sleeve brace for added stability and compression. If you are having arthroscopic surgery ask your physician if a cartilage knee sleeve is an adequate form of protection rather than opting for a more expensive and bulkier hinged knee brace constructed from hard materials.
Hitting the waves
Do your online research; there are some knee sleeves that provide great comfort and protection for surfers. Knee injuries in surfing are on the rise, according to an article published by Surfline. If you live on the coast, then like most athletes you may be a surfer. As the physical movements of surfing involve springing to a quick standing position followed by impact being applied to the knees, it is no surprise that the most common knee injury to surfers is the dreaded MCL tear. By utilizing a water-safe sleeve with adequate support and tension relief, you will be protecting yourself from disaster in the waves. Some final thought
As we all age, our knees deteriorate. The more precautions we take to protect our knees in our youth, the more use we will get out of them when we are older. Do some online research and see what knee sleeve products can best protect you.