Sound Off

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.


Jayhawk_4_Life 5 years, 9 months ago

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

Tim Quest 5 years, 9 months ago

Give them a break. Without clueless old people, the LJW would have about 500 subscribers these days.

irvan moore 5 years, 9 months ago

as a clueless old person i resemble that remark

KS 5 years, 9 months ago

The LJW won't have to worry about losing subscribers. There are tons of clueless people living in Lawrence, old and young. More young than old.

Evan Ridenour 5 years, 9 months ago

My girlfriend who is a competitive athlete (not basketball) asked me this question not very long ago... not a dumb question at all.

asixbury 5 years, 9 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.

blindrabbit 5 years, 9 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)?

Vinny1 5 years, 9 months ago

As with most of the sleeves, or the leggings Tyshawn wears, or most anything else....its all about looks. You look good, you feel good, you play good. Thats the idea behind it anyway.

Jan Rolls 5 years, 9 months ago

And the coach gets the money and the players get nothing just like with the shoes, etc.

gsxr600 5 years, 9 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.

Hal Larsen 5 years, 9 months ago

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

Chris Phillips 5 years, 9 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"...?

lawrence96 5 years, 9 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.

lawrence96 5 years, 9 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.

blindrabbit 5 years, 9 months ago

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

Scott Morgan 5 years, 9 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 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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