Improve Balance While Fatigued To Increase Performance Of Squat And Deadlift

Improve Balance While Fatigued To Increase Performance Of Squat And Deadlift

A study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports found that by wearing a knee sleeve while fatigued, joint position senses were significantly enhanced.(1)

Joint position senses is a concept known as proprioception. Proprioception is the sense of the relative position of one’s own parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement. All coordinated movement depends on proprioception. Elite level movements in sport such as pushing for record setting lifts require an elite level body sense. Many of these senses are somewhat involuntary such as the adjustments made with muscles and joints to maintain balance.

Mechanoreceptors throughout the body send signals through the nervous system to the brain. The brain receives these signals from innumerable sources and determines where everything is, what it is doing, and decides how to adjust, how to move. Pain or fatigue can hinder this process in essence making some of these signals unclear.

Knee sleeves improve proprioception by providing support and stability to the knee joint. In essence the compression makes the signals clearer as fatigue sets in or pain emerges. Having full access to joint senses while performing elite lifts such as the squat or deadlift will increase performance. Wearing Omni Compression Knee Sleeves when fatigued will significantly enhance joint position senses.

Van Tiggelen, D., et al. The use of a neoprene knee sleeve to compensate the deficit in knee joint position sense caused by muscle fatigue. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 18(1):62-66, 2008.

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