Knee Sleeves

Originally Posted On June 13, 2012

As I have mentioned before, I have been experiencing knee pain in my left knee for about 7-8 weeks now. It is where my hamstring connects with the tendons and ligaments in the back of my knee, but other than that, I have no idea what it is or how to get rid of it. Regardless, it has successfully limited me to a bike for intervals/cardio instead of my usual sprints or stadiums that I would much rather do. I am just frustrated because it seems that once one pain leaves, another pops up. As my mom says, well wait until you hit age 40.

Mike has been my listening ear for most of my complaints and maybe he has finally had it. I came home to my parents house tonight to find knee band made by the man Tommy Kono himself (2-time Olympic gold medalist in lifting, 6x World Champion in lifting, and Mr. World and 3x Mr. Universe in bodybuilding competitions) sent by Mike who is currently at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado. Knee bands are commonly used in the Olympic lifting community and Mike figured maybe it would help my knee, or maybe he hoped I would stop complaining

So I open up the package and decide to put one on. Now I have worn a rubber suit before for swimming and have used the plastic bag around the foot trick, but this knee band was thick. I got the top of the band to the bottom of my calf and then it stopped. I was thinking of putting a bag on my foot and then a genius idea came to me—maybe I should read the directions..these things have directions right? I lucked out. It states that you should turn the band halfway down so that the inside rubber side is exposed. It also tells you to avoid digging your fingernails into the rubber. Hmm. So I tried my best and tugged without much success. Maybe I am not a size small. But I decided not to give up. I turned it inside out and then pulled the fabric side up my leg until the bottom of the band was where it should be on my calf and then I pulled the band right-side out. 10 minutes later I believe I had it. Then I looked down. Guess I found some of that body fat I am supposed to lose in 4 weeks. I sent this picture to Mike:

knee

His response: “Hmm maybe I underestimated your leg muscles..” At least he used the right words! But he also said that they should be fairly tight, so I figured I will probably stick with the smalls because I don’t want huge wrinkles of rubber and fabric behind my knee since I will mostly use this band to do sprints. But just to make sure, I decided at 10pm to do a couple of sprints on our rock driveway in Crocs, in the dark. Thank God I don’t live in a neighborhood–the looks the cats gave me were enough. But I believe they will work–at least under those conditions. I will let you know how it goes Friday!

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