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Should You Wear Knee Wraps?

6 February 2012 2 Comments

Many weight lifters, bodybuilders, fitness enthusiasts, powerlifters, etc., when training heavy lower body exercises, such as squats, leg presses, etc., will tend to “wrap up”  their knees.  Most feel that it provides the needed protection to the knee joints.  But is that truly the case?

The column The Gym Bag recently reported that researchers “from the U.K. had lifters wrap their knees and squat with 80% of their one-rep max to determine the effects the wraps had on the biomechanics of the squat, compared with when the men performed the squats without wraps.

Knee wraps create a mechanical advantage that occurs when elastic energy, generated during the lowering phase, is released.  Much like when you press down on a spring, the energy stored, and then upon release, it accelerates upward.  The study discovered two major points:  1) wraps alter squat technique enough to compromise lower-body development, and 2) the combination of the modified body positions and the physical barrier at the back of the knee joints may place more stress on the joints.”

That’s why it would also be wise to take a substance like P90X Results & Recovery Formula Post Workout Supplement to ensure proper repairing after these workouts.

2 Comments »

  • David Haas said:

    Hi,
    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?
    David

  • admin (author) said:

    What’s you’re question?

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