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Sound Off: What are the sleeves that some of the Kansas University basketball players wear? What is their purpose?

Those are body armor sleeves that contain a pad that protects the elbow from injury. The pad is stitched into the sleeve. The compression aspect of the sleeve keeps the sleeve from slipping.

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 2 months ago

Anybody who has suffered from an old school strawberry well understands any attempt to keep from getting one. Go new school kiddos, wear um with pride.

Covering old tattoos, yep I guess, but even in the old days you would see us wearing tape or even an old long sleeve T-shirt taped. My memory.......... 1970s a hoops or football player would do anything to avoid a large abrasion near the elbow or knees.

The smallest of small floor burn could and would end up being this huge hunk of scab called a strawberry. Genesis........small sliding injury...........practice gets broke open again......game.....ditto.......game........ditto........practice.....ditto.......the small thing now is a horrid thick thing which when broken again bleeds like crazy. Hurts too.

Had one which lasted 4 months after the last game once.

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g_rock 2 years, 2 months ago

In the NBA, I think some of them are to cover up the pornographic tattoos.....just sayin...

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blindrabbit 2 years, 2 months ago

Football players using rubber bands on arms, what purpose??

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mrchips 2 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, I see punk-*ss kids wear them now in the Lawrence Hoopsters league. Absolutely a fad just like those $15 /pair Nike Elite socks. Obviously these kids parents have more money than they know what to do with.....

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 2 months ago

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lawrence96 2 years, 2 months ago

Since 2000, an increasing number of basketball players have started wearing arm sleeves, although questions exist regarding their purpose. Sleeves have become a highest selling NBA non-apparel item, as young players attempt to mimic their professional heroes. Although college basketball has outlawed arm sleeves for non-medical purposes, professional players can wear them for any reason, as long as they do not feature a corporate logo. Allen Iverson started wearing an arm sleeve in 2000, after having surgery on his elbow. Arm sleeves are similar to a compression bandage, which can protect the arm from additional injuries and help it to heal faster. Iverson continued to wear his sleeve long after his elbow had healed and other NBA players, such as Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, soon followed suit. Some believe that players wear sleeves to cover up gang-related tattoos, as the NBA has banned players from having offensive tattoos visible. This rumor started because of Allen Iverson's alleged connection with the Crips gang and the continued presence of his arm sleeve once his arm injury had healed. The use of sleeves could also have a placebo effect, as players might feel as though their injuries worsen whenever they do not wear a sleeve, even though it does not have an actual medical effect.

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lawrence96 2 years, 2 months ago

It was my understanding that they were also used to cover up offensive tatoos? I know thats why some pro players are forced to wear them.

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 2 months ago

Alan Iverson wore one. I figured it was either a condom or something to protect his gutter tats.

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omnedon 2 years, 2 months ago

I've wondered about the sleeve for basketball players and the "rubber band" for football players for some time myself. I could only see the sleeve keeping the arm warm and loose for shooting, but didn't see that helping a whole lot for someone running up and down the court sweating like crazy. Having the pad makes sense. Now, about the "rubber band"...?

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Scut Farkus 2 years, 2 months ago

If any of you have ever played the sport, you would understand the difficulty of wearing traditional elbow or knee pads. Not only are they restrictive, they are almost impossible to keep in place. This particular piece of clothing was originally designed for football players so they could reduce the bulkiness of the old style padding. In the last few years, basketball players are finding they are comfortable as well as protective.

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viva_la_revolucion 2 years, 2 months ago

It also prevents sweat from rolling down their shooting arm to their hand keeping it dryer.

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gsxr600 2 years, 2 months ago

Better question would be, why doesn't T-Rob tear the tags off of his shooting sleeves? He takes time at every free-throw shot to readjust.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 2 months ago

OK, understand the purpose of the sleeves! Another one, what is the purpose of the "rubber band" like devices worn by football players on arms (biceps)?

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asixbury 2 years, 2 months ago

I don't necessarily think this was a dumb question. I don't watch basketball (could really care less about most sports, except Ultimate Fighting), so I didn't know what it was for. I didn't care to know, though.

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Jayhawk_4_Life 2 years, 2 months ago

this has to be one of the dumbest things i've seen in a long time..it's an elbow pad plus a little bit of style

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