|What Does a Shooting Sleeve Do?
Posted by Christopher on 3/15/2012
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Watch the NBA pros or the up-and-coming NCAA basketball stars, and you see shooting arm sleeves everywhere. At Custom Sports Sleeves, we get asked this question quite a bit: "What the heck does a shooting sleeve do?"
There is no single answer. There are medical, regulatory, and even ritualistic reasons for wearing shooting sleeves.
Allen Iverson first started wearing the now famous arm sleeve in the 2000-2001 NBA season after elbow surgery. The compression from the arm sleeve kept the muscles in Iverson's elbow and arm warm and flexible, lessening the chance for further injury.
Iverson liked the shooting sleeve so much, he continued to wear it for many seasons to come. There has also been much speculation regarding the regulatory reasons for Iverson's arm sleeve. He has tattoos on his arm that are against league regulations. Many believe another reason for his shooting sleeve was to cover these up during the game.
Whatever the reason for Iverson's shooting sleeve, it sure did attract attention and make a fashion statement. Arm sleeves became prominent in basketball with new stars like Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade sporting the new look.
The arm sleeve became a basketball star's battle gear. Padding was soon added to the shooting sleeve design to provide further protection. Basketball icons at all levels of play started making statements with their arm sleeves. Most famously, former Kentucky University star John Wall started sporting a blue and white double color shooting sleeve. (As a side note, Custom Sports Sleeves is famous for perfecting this arm sleeve. You can see it at ADD LINK). Double color shooting sleeves are now very trendy in NCAA basketball. The trend even spilled over into other sports - baseball has many players that sport the arm sleeve and so does football. The Maryland University football team took design to the extreme with their arm sleeve design concepts. Click here to take a look at the sleek and cool arm sleeve design by Maryland.
Today shooting sleeves are everywhere. Watch a basketball game and this will prove the point.
Getting back to the question posed in this article, arm sleeves are used to enhance the level of athletic play. Basketball stars, including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade, sport these arm sleeves. The advantages of wearing a shooting arm sleeve include injury prevention and elbow/arm protection, sweat wicking abilities, covering of tattoos, and pure confidence boosting.
If interested in a basketball shooting sleeve or an arm sleeve for any sport, feel free to checkout our products. We offer everything from custom fitted arm sleeves, to highly customized design (with your logo, text, or whatever!) arm sleeves. Further, every single Custom Sports Sleeves' product whether a shooting sleeve or compression shirt is hand made in the USA. So, if interested, click here to get shopping!
If you have any particular questions or would like more information on what an arm sleeve does, feel free to browse the links below or reach out to CSS - the arm sleeve experts! You may contact us by following the customer service links below or simply by posting a comment.
Thanks for taking the time read "What Does a Shooting Sleeve Do?"
For Further Reading See:
Wikipedia Article on Basketball Arm Sleeves
A Publicly Asked Question: What does a shooting sleeve do?
Funny Arm Sleeve Video
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About the Author: Christopher is an avid basketball player, spending his down time at the gym and shooting hoops. Christopher does extensive work on the Custom Sports Sleeves' product design and testing team, working to perfect products just like our shooting arm sleeve.
John Date 3/15/2012 6:59:27 PM
Awesome post - thanks CSS! I've been looking around quite a bit for arm sleeve and shooting sleeve information.
Mr Cynic Date 3/22/2013
Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird...They would have been really good, if only they had shooting sleeves...!
Cole Date 12/23/2013
I have a padded one because I chipped my elbow and now that I have wore it so much it doesn't feel right when I have it off.
Cole Date 12/23/2013