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Nothing gives me a better chuckle when I read the occasional post in a sports blog that suggests the only reason an athlete wears arm sleeves is because they are paid to or they want to look chic. From runners to golfers to cyclists to tennis players not to mention construction workers and landscaping professionals, arm sleeves can be seen just about everywhere you look including the bowling alley. Just look at Jason Belmonte! Belmo wouldn't wear arm sleeves unless there was a good reason. Well, here are 10 good reasons to wear bowling arm sleeves.
The first and most compelling reason to wear bowling arm sleeves is for muscle support. The compression in arm sleeves increases blood flow and oxygenation. This keeps the muscle from tiring and prevents injury. The compression in arm sleeves also holds the muscles in your arm in place and ready for an athletic movement.
The second reason to wear bowling arm sleeves is for muscle relief. Arm muscles tire quickly. Just try holding your arm above your head. After a few seconds it becomes heavy and in no time at all you need to give it a rest. Immediately after your arm muscle is engaged the compression in arm sleeves provide quick relief to your muscles.
Another reason to wear arm sleeves when bowling is for arm warmth. If your arms get cold, your arm muscles get cold and stiff. This can cause inconsistency in your bowling and it also can cause injury. And some houses are down right cold. Wearing arm sleeves on not just your bowling arm but your off arm as well can keep you warm and comfortable.
Compression arm sleeves are also good for muscle recovery. After you have finished a few games of bowling and certainly after you have finished a long practice session, leave your bowling arm sleeves on for a while. The arm sleeves with help your muscles to recovery more quickly.
Many athletes, including bowlers, simply like the way compression arm sleeves make your arms feel. The compression keeps your arms relaxed, yet ready for an athletic movement. In all sports that involved muscle movement, muscle relaxation is critical to consistent performance. Conversely, muscle tension produces weak, errant results.
If your skin is already damaged such as having a cut or a burn or a skin condition such as a rash or an allergy, arm sleeves protect your arms and enable you to conduct your activity without risk of making your skin condition worse. Something as simple as an errant high five to your teammate could cause damage to an already existing skin condition.
In addition to covering skin conditions for physical reasons such as to prevent further damage, arm sleeves can also keep out of sight any visible skin conditions that make you uncomfortable such as unsightly rashes, deep bruises, or skin outbreaks. Most sports folks are polite and have a good nature and few bowlers are outright rude, but for many folks covering up a skin condition just helps to keep the peace of mind.
For bowlers that use KT Tape, arm sleeves can be worn over the tape to keep it in place and prevent it from peeling. This is especially helpful if the KT Tape is being applied lengthwise over the elbow area spanning the lower and upper arm muscles.
Another use of your bowling arm sleeves is to wipe sweat off your forehead. Most bowlers have a towel to keep their hands dry, but few want to use that same towel to dry off their forehead. With arm sleeves, you can easily brush off any sweat from your face and head and not worry about what might be on that dirty hand towel.
Make no mistake about it. Sports arm sleeves are stylish and that goes for bowling too. Arm sleeves come in many different styles and colors and can match your team bowling shirt and attire or complement your awesome looking bowling ball.
The reasons to wear compression arm sleeves for bowling, like many other sports, are numerous. To think that arm sleeves are only worn by star bowlers that are paid to wear them or that they are only worn to make a fashion statement would be an error in judgment. Give them a try. Perhaps they will give you the muscle support, relaxation, and confidence you need to make lots of strikes, pick up your splits, and bowl your best.
The Uvoider UV Compression Arm Sleeves come in sizes that range from Youth Small to Adult 4XL.
|Size||Bicep (inches)||Length (inches)||Bicep (cm)||Length (cm)|
|YS||6.5 in||12.2 in||16.5 cm||31 cm|
|YM||7.5 in||13.4 in||19.0 cm||34 cm|
|YL||8.5 in||14.6 in||21.6 cm||37 cm|
|XXS||9.5 in||15.0 in||24.1 cm||38 cm|
|XS||9.9 in||15.4 in||25.1 cm||39 cm|
|S||10.3 in||16.1 in||26.2 cm||41 cm|
|M||10.7 in||16.9 in||27.2 cm||43 cm|
|L||11.5 in||17.7 in||29.2 cm||45 cm|
|XL||12.5 in||18.5 in||31.8 cm||47 cm|
|2XL||14.0 in||18.5 in||35.6 cm||47 cm|
|3XL||15.5 in||18.5 in||39.4 cm||47 cm|
|4XL||17+ in||18.5 in||43.2+ cm||47 cm|
To ensure proper fitting, measure around your relaxed bicep (not flexed). If you require further assistance, please contact a Customer Service Representative.