Weight Belts, Wrist Wraps and Knee Sleeves Oh My

Recreational lifters often use external support/equipment for multiple purposes. Some use it for injuries, some use it for performance benefits, and others use it because they were taught they need to wear them at all times.

This article will go over how and when to use the equipment to maximize your health and performance.

Injuries

When you walk into a gym, you can get a pretty good idea of who is dealing with an injury/pain based on the equipment they are wearing.

Are you wearing knee sleeves with light activity? Hmm..

Are you wearing wrist wraps for every upper body exercise? Hmm..

Are you wearing a belt with squats and deadlifts under 85%? Hmm..

The same goes for ankle braces, elbow support, etc. 

Let's set this straight... We should NOT be relying on this equipment to exercise!! Our body is meant to be strong and stable without the use of external support! PERIOD.

With all that being said, wearing external support can provide healthy...

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Soccer Series: Functional Strength Training

AUTHOR: Laura A. Sapper, ATC, SCAT

Dear Soccer players!

Club soccer season is upon us. We hope that you have utilized some of the tools we gave you last month with our Dynamic Stretching and Warm-up techniques. These are essential for reducing risk of injury and optimal performance. If you missed it, check it out here. We are back this month to talk to you about another way to seriously reduce the risk of injury. Here at Made 2 Move, we love rehab and getting athletes back and better than ever after an injury, but keeping athletes on the field injury-free while becoming stronger, faster and more agile is our ultimate goal!.

Today, we want to dig into our second tool – Functional Strength Training!

These simple exercises are going to help make you stronger and more resilient against injuries by strengthening the muscles that protect your joints and increase your power on the field. We recommend adding these to your routine 3-4 times per week. These sport specific functional...

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