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Old 10-11-2006, 05:24 AM   #1
Elliot Royce
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Reading Rippetoe's article in the CF journal, I've decided to trade in my Manta Ray for knee wraps :happy:. I'm starting to get some light knee pain along the outside of the kneecap and thought it couldn't hurt to try to wraps, at least they would help to warm the area.

What's the best kind to get? And where do you get them?
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Old 10-11-2006, 06:25 AM   #2
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Elliot, you can typically pick them up at a powerlifting gym if there's one in your area. Otherwise online:

Avoid anything with a velcro closure, that's useless. Other than that there's not much to it.

All that said, I'm not sure the pain you describe is something that the wraps will help.
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Old 10-11-2006, 07:38 AM   #3
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I have a set of the Inzer wrist wraps Z. I love them. Originally got them back in my heavy benching days. Now I use them for heavy OHS, heavy jerks, and a few heavy benches.

I haven't used knee wraps since high school powerlifting.
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Old 10-11-2006, 12:50 PM   #4
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my theory is that the pain is due to tight IT and quads. I guess the wraps probably wouldn't do anything although Rippetoe seems to feel they help with patellar tendonitis.
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Old 10-11-2006, 01:55 PM   #5
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Compression on the patellar tendon does give some relief.
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Old 10-11-2006, 03:47 PM   #6
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Start with knee sleeves not wraps.
I have both, I've used the wraps once for competition powerlifting squats ( about a 10kg benefit ), and use the sleeves all the time for squat training. I don't use the wraps in training at all

Sleeves warm the knees and provide a bit of support but don't help lift more weight.
Wraps provide tightness and bounce which equals extra weight lifted.

Rehband 7mm ( what I have ) try here for USA, but also available here in Australia )
PS. don;t make the same mistake I made and think they come in pairs. you need to order two.

or the Tommy Kono ones.
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Old 10-11-2006, 07:07 PM   #7
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figure out what's causing the pain before you put a band-aid on it.
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Old 10-11-2006, 08:10 PM   #8
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I second Greg's advice. Good problem solving looks like what you see on the left and bad problem solving looks like the right.

I'm not saying you have bad form on your squats but you probably have bad form on your squats. No offense, since I haven't seen you squats!

If it were me or you were one of my students I would want you to unload for a while at least until we figured out exactly what the problem is.

Friends don't let friends lift light weight. Unless your friends are about to give themselves a hernia, at which point they wont be lifting !

(Message edited by brutebsd on October 11, 2006)
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Old 10-11-2006, 09:32 PM   #9
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I agree with whats been said by Greg and Pierre. I busted a knee a few years ago (ruptured patellar tendon doing army stuff) and then repeatedly tried to go back and exercises too soon on it.

Now 5 years later it still give me trouble (yesterdays box jumps and run flared it up) and i'm pretty sure it's because i never fixed the problem when it happened initially.

Get a physio to check you out and if you need to stretch your ITB and quads or get some release work done DO IT!

Only go looking for sleeves, supports and other gear if you've busted it properly and need it to keep exercising.
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Old 10-12-2006, 05:27 AM   #10
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Elliot, are you getting the knee pain in both knees?
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