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Knee wraps help aid recovery or could also hide potential injury any thoughts on this.....
Hmmm I'm not sure what you mean by "aide in recovery". If you are saying they help in recovering from an injury I would agree to an extent. If you are saying recovery from a work out then I would have to disagree. I don't believe they hide a potential injury as most injuries come by surprise. I do however believe they can mask a current injury. I currently have a knee injury and I wrap up a lot earlier than I did before. Wraps are also used wrong a lot of the times. A lot of people put them on when they believe the work is getting heavy. They should be weighting until the weight hits 90% of their max. Wraps, if used improperly, can actually weaken your joints and create a dependance on them. This is what we do not want to happen. If you look at teams like westside, they use the wraps in their warm ups and then take them off when they hit the working sets. This causes them to not depend on the wraps when the weights heavy and also allow for an advantage at the meets. Since they arent dependent on the wraps in training, it makes the weight easier when the wraps are used at the contest. Stan Efferding says to watch the use of wraps in training because it will allow for an advantage in competition and also weakens the joint if used too much.
Interesting questions, I think the correct answer is both. Used correctly wraps (and sleeves) can allow an athlete the opportunity to get back to training sooner and protect the injury while doing so. But, it may also encourage the athlete to attempt to do more than they should leading to potentially aggravating the original injury or doing additional damage. I agree with jsoria about using wraps too early and too often. Although I will qualify that with as an older lifter I tend to wrap or use sleeves sooner depending on the lift.