I guess I’m a little confused as to why there’s so much controversy surrounding this topic. Evidently, everything that’s written in an article these days must be supported by mounds of scientific evidence.
With that being said, here’s how and why I got interested in knee sleeves.
I was originally turned on to the idea by Australian strength coach Ian King. In a personal communication with Coach King, he stated that he had endured 10+ knee surgeries. He also stated that knee sleeves were part of the equation he used to nurse himself back to health and competition. He used the knee sleeves with all of his athletes, who also reported improved sense of well-being.
Greg Wagner (800+ pound squat at 275)
Nick Tylutki (800+ pound squat at 242)
Ray Benemerito (750 pound squat at 198)
Shawn Culnan (800+ pound squat at 275)
Pat McGettigan (Not sure of weights, but super strong)
- Improved proprioception
- Improved psychological well-being
Finally, while it can’t be assessed or determined scientifically, the
I hope this clears things up. I understand what my biases are, but when it comes down to it, I’m always going to lean towards learning from people who are in the field and getting results versus guys in lab coats who are arguing minutia. In my opinion, the list of elite strength trainers and coaches alone was enough to convince me to use knee sleeves and recommend them to the people I train.