Re: Wrist Guards?
There ARE times where one almost needs a wrist wrap. I'm one case. I've had double carpal tunnel release surgery, and a first dorsal release on my left wrist.
At BEST, I can usually do moderately heavy weights during exercises that stress the wrist/hand (such as front squats @, say, 185#) with wrist wraps. There are some days I can't even do them with the wraps on, depending upon my mobility. HOWEVER, withOUT the straps on, it hurts to do even something 'light', such as 135# front squats.
I'm told by my doc that the reason is because the small bones in your wrist/hand are more easily 'impinged' upon now that the nerves have been released from the carpal tunnel; and wearing the wraps helps keep the bones, muscles, tendons/ligaments and nerves in their proper places.