Tips for Preventing Knee Injuries During Athletic Activity

tightsDid you know that the knees are the largest and most complex joint in the entire body? If you’re an thlete, that probably makes perfect sense, given how much you rely on your knees to perform your best on the court or field.

As crucial as they are to movement, knees can be fragile. In fact, knee injuries are among the most common of all joint problems. According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, 150,000 athletes tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) each year in the U.S. (1) Whether it’s a torn ligament, tendon or meniscus, a stress fracture or worn-down cartilage, if you’re dealing with a knee injury, you’re most likely looking at significant time “on the shelf” and out of the game.

Here at SWEAT IT OUT® COOL COMPRESSION®, we’re all about helping athletes prevent injuries, and our compression tights for knee support do just that! Men and women of all ages and levels of athletic competition nationwide count on our compression gear to help stabilize their knee and hip joints, so they can train hard without their body breaking down.

In addition to wearing our gear during and between training sessions, here are a few other ways athletes can prevent knee injuries:

Stay Flexible 

Stiffness is the enemy! Your knees work in concert with your hip and ankle joints, as well as your hamstrings, to support your weight as you run, jump and cut in different directions on the field or court. To reduce stress on your knees and promote healthy movement patterns, it’s crucial to develop and consistently maintain a stretching routine that limbers up your entire body.

Warm Up

In addition to stretching before activity, a warm-up period is another big key to protecting your knees. Warming up gets the blood flowing through your body and dissipates the stiffness from joints. Launching right into full-speed competition without giving your body time to adjust and coordinate its movements is an injury waiting to happen.

Get to the Core

Core strength is about more than just having good-looking abs. It’s about developing the muscles in the entire torso, as well as the hips and rear end so that when you move, your entire body remains stable. A strong core takes pressure off your knees and enables you to execute all the powerful movements necessary to be successful in your sport.

Make Time to Rest

No matter how much you stretch or how strong you keep your core, if you don’t allow your body time to rest and recover between strenuous activities, you’re looking for trouble. A tired, weakened body is apt to move sluggishly or aimlessly, which can lead to all kinds of tweaks, pulls and even false steps that can damage your knee in the blink of an eye.

Watch Your Diet

Maintaining a healthy weight is a vital element of your overall health, and when you keep excess pounds off your frame, you put a lot less strain on your knee joints. A healthy weight starts and ends with your nutrition. Cutting down on your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates and making sure to get enough protein and healthy fats will not just boost your athletic performance, it will also keep your knees free of pain!

Stay Hydrated

It’s also important to remember to hydrate! Water is the key to all the body’s systems, and in order for them to function properly, athletes should drink at least a half-gallon of water each day (eight 8-ounce glasses). Even mild dehydration can drag down performance and energy levels, which can leave you susceptible to injury.

While injuries can happen at any time, following these tips can help athletes put themselves in a good position to stay healthy and enjoy a long, successful career in their chosen sport.

In addition to offering the best compression shorts for hamstring health on the market, SWEAT IT OUT® COOL COMPRESSION® cares about your health and your success as an athlete. To learn more about protecting your knees or to place an order for our superior quality compression gear, contact our team today. 

Source: (1) https://www.sportsrec.com/8077889/statistics-on-acl-injuries-in-athletes
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To Reach Athletic Goals This New Year, Focus On Better Recovery

image001 (1)When it comes to getting in better shape or taking your athletic performance to the next level, it’s not solely how hard you train that’s going to determine your success or set you apart from the competition. Sure, you have to spend plenty of time and spill plenty of sweat inside the gym, but what you do outside the gym is just as important.

At SWEAT IT OUT® COOL COMPRESSION®, we’ve been making superior quality compression tops, tights and shorts for athletes of all ages and levels of competition for more than three decades. Take it from us: To reach all your other athletic goals in 2020, you need to add “Better Recovery” to your list of New Year’s resolutions.

Make these four things a top priority this year, and you’ll be well on your way to your best year yet! Continue reading

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Why SWEAT IT OUT® COOL COMPRESSION® Gear is Even More Beneficial in the Winter

New Year’s resolution season is almost upon us, and if you’re like most Americans, you’re having visions of hitting the gym, shedding excess pounds and getting in the best shape of your life in 2020. 

sweatThere’s no reason you can’t accomplish that goal if you stick to a regular workout routine — and avoid getting injured by wearing compression tops, shorts and tights from the SWEAT IT OUT® COOL COMPRESSION® brand. (Shown here is the 3019 Performance Compression Sleeveless Shirt.)

Our gear can help to prevent injury by:

  • Increasing blood flow to the muscles
  • Reduce muscle vibration and fatigue
  • Stabilizing and supporting muscles during intense activity
  • Speeding up recovery by flushing the body of lactic acid and other waste

Winter is an ideal time to add SWEAT IT OUT® COOL COMPRESSION® apparel to your workout wardrobe, besides that it’s the holidays and you can ask other people to buy it for you. Here’s why: Continue reading

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Fall Running Season is Here! Protect Yourself With SWEAT IT OUT® COOL COMPRESSION® Gear

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Many consider Fall to be the best time of year for running, particularly in regions that experience four distinct seasons. Heavy summer humidity leaves the air, replaced by a refreshing crispness that motivates you to go that extra mile — or many extra miles. The multi-colored leaves on the trees make a beautiful backdrop for routine training runs, major marathons and community 5Ks alike.

As the weather gets colder, the importance of proper running gear increases, and SWEAT IT OUT® COOL COMPRESSION® running tights and arm sleeves for running offer an ideal solution for runners looking to improve their performance, avoid injuries and stay comfortable during the autumn season.

No runner wants to be sidelined by pulled hamstrings or calf muscles, or have to suffer through their big race with knee pain and tight, sore hips. But the cold fall temperatures can make it difficult to fully stretch out and warm up the body, leaving even the most well-trained runners susceptible to unexpected tweaks and strains. Continue reading

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Train Like an Elite Pro Football Player with Our Compression Shorts and Tights

image1Football is an intense and physically demanding sport. That’s what makes it so exciting and such a must-see event for fans who pack professional stadiums and crowd onto couches all across the U.S. throughout the fall and winter seasons.

Elite athletes who make a living playing football need to find a way to stay out of the training room and on the field. They need to find a way to protect their bodies from the rigors of arguably the most demanding sport on the planet. Even relatively simple injuries can mean the derailment of a career.

That’s why the majority of NFL teams come to us for the best compression shorts for hamstring support and high-quality compression tights for thigh, groin, hip, and knee support.  Continue reading

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Protect Your Muscles with Compression Clothing That’s the Real Deal

A lot of runners wear compression clothing. However, many of them also make the error of getting their compression gear from just anywhere, without checking whether or not the item they’re buying is really authentic. Unfortunately, it is common to see athletes and runners put on so-called “compression wear” that is built to flash their logo rather than provide real value and performance. Continue reading

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The Benefits SWEAT IT OUT® COOL COMPRESSION® Can Provide You This Summer

Now that we can really enjoy going outside into the nice weather, the number of athletic activities available to us are limitless. Whether you need to buy wicking t-shirts or buy wicking socks, SWEAT IT OUT® COOL COMPRESSION® has all the gear you’ll need this season.

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Compression Wear and Summer Running: What You Should Know

As good as your compression gear might feel as you work out at the gym, train, or swim, you might be hesitant to wear compression clothing during your summer runs. This is understandable — after all, when you’re already running in the hot summer sun, the idea of trying to do it in tight-fitting clothes may seem like too much. Continue reading

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Get Motivated to Get in Shape This Summer!

The summertime has finally arrived! That means it’s high time to get in incredible shape for the amazing weather ahead. Check out these four benefits of working out during the summer heat, courtesy of SWEAT IT OUT® COOL COMPRESSION®. Continue reading

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Why You Should Get the Improved Posture Compression Shirt

Do you suffer from back pain due to slouching or sitting at a desk at work all day long?

You may suffer from poor posture; and if so, you’re far from alone. Many working people are stuck behind their desk all day at their jobs, and are frequently forced to slouch forward toward their computer screens. Continue reading

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