Knees are one of the most easily damaged and injured body parts for any athlete. Even excessive walking, one of the most low-intensity and mundane exercises you can do, can cause knee problems. A postman who goes door to door delivering post has extremely high rates of knee problems, knee injuries and even full-on knee replacements. And that’s just from walking.
I’m sure you can guess what happens when you mix easily injured body parts in with high-impact sports where your opponent is often actively aiming for your knees; whether indirectly in takedowns or directly trying to rip and crack your knee joints with vicious submissions like knee-bars and heel-hooks. Some of you reading this won’t even need to guess. You may have first-hand experience of falling awkwardly during wrestling practice or having your knee cranked to high-heavens by that overzealous trainee that every gym seems to have. Knees are vulnerable and MMA/BJJ/Wrestling are dangerous. It’s a disastrous mixture but what can you do? You can’t just not train.
No. Instead, the most effective way to passively protect your poor knees is by wearing a compression knee brace during training. A compression knee brace is a sleeve that you slip on over your knee or knees. This compression brace will provide much needed support across your entire knee joint and often with extra padding and compression at particularly vulnerable parts of the knees. These knee braces are also excellent in providing much needed knee support for those who have already had the misfortunate of tweaking or hurting themselves.
Best Compression Knee Sleeves Reviewed
PowerLix Compression Knee Sleeve
PowerLix promise that their compression sleeve will protect you by applying stable pressure across the knee joint, providing relief for pre-existing pain and an assorted list of ailments including, but not limited to; arthritis, swelling, tendonitis, soreness, stiffness and alleviate the painful symptoms from ACL, PCL and MCL tears and many more things.
This sleeve can really help you with almost any knee issue you’re currently dealing with and protect you from further damage and injury.
It fits tight and snug yet really comfortable at the same time. You can easily slip it on or off but once it’s off, it’s not coming off until you’re ready. Despite that snug fit, it does not restrict movement at all; you’ll be able to move your leg with the full range of motion that you’re used to and maybe even more with the now added support!
UFlex Athletics Knee Compression Sleeve
This single wrap is available in a wide variety of sizes to suit anyone of any size and body type. UFlex provide a handy size guide on their site so you can pick the perfect size sleeve for you. It’s of paramount importance that you do consult this guide and make sure you get the right size as the wrong size won’t provide you with the optimal level of support and relief that you require.
You can use this sleeve in any sport and in any activity. BJJ, MMA, weight lifting, running, jumping, etc. It doesn’t matter. It will work perfectly in all. Its sleek, low-profile design even allows you to wear it throughout the day under your normal work clothes without being uncomfortable or in the way.
Sable Knee Support Brace
Unlike a lot of knee braces, these come as a pair. This is perfect whether you’re already injured or are currently completely healthy; support braces are just as much about preventing problems as they are about dealing with knee problems once they’ve arisen. They come in black with green accents or black with orange accents. Both styles look great without standing out too much or being overly garish.
Sable has crafted these out of a flexible and breathable fabric so the skin beneath can breathe and cool down and your knee can bend with full range of motion. You can use this braces during training without them impeding movement or motion, all whilst enjoying the brilliant safety benefits that come with wearing compression sleeves.
BLITZU Flex Plus Compression Knee Sleeves
BLITZU want you to know that these knee braces are specifically designed to be for all-round use. Some companies make sleeves that can only be worn during training whilst others design theirs to be worn throughout the day but offer no protection when undertaken more risky and dangerous activities. These sleeves can do both. And they do them well.
The wide choice of sizes and styles options cater to anyone and everyone; men, women and children can pick a size that fits and a colour/style that suits them. BLITZU don’t want you to settle or make do; they want you to have exactly what you want and what you need.
They use Power+ premium performance fabric, allowing their sleeve to be incredibly durable, breathable and washable.
IBAWLY Compression Knee Sleeve Support
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Most knee sleeves are pretty boring looking. Most companies, as they should, put function and utility as their priority but then seem to completely forget about looks and style after that’s dealt with. Obviously, how well a product works is the most important thing but looks do matter. No-one wants to wear something that’s ugly and appealing. IBAWLY have made sure that this side of things hasn’t been neglected with these stylish knee sleeves.
There are three separate style options to choose from and each of them looks great. It’s just down to your own personal choice which one you pick.
These sleeves also provide both brilliant support and pain relief. They’re also some of the most comfortable sleeves you’ll ever wear, with a slightly different type of top cuff that allows the sleeve to keep itself perfectly in place without the use of silicon gel, which sometimes causes bad skin reactions with people.
Consider buying a pair of compression knee sleeves a prudent investment. At these prices, you can’t lose. There’s so much to gain by wearing them, or at least have them on hand if anything goes wrong. If you do ever tweak your knee, you’ll be glad to have them there and ready.