Types of Compression Sleeves for Tennis Elbow
There are various compression sleeves on the market, which athletes can wear on everything from their feet to wrists. However, we’ll focus on types of sleeves that are ideal for tennis elbow for this section.
Most players dealing with tennis elbow will likely gravitate toward elbow sleeves, which cover your elbow and extend roughly a quarter to halfway up your forearm and bicep.
Elbow sleeves will likely be your best option if you’re playing in warm conditions, as the sleeve doesn’t cover too much of your arm to help you stay cool. You’ll also want to make sure you look for breathable fabric.
Copper Elbow Sleeves
You may come across a few elbow sleeves from brands like Tommie Copper or Copper Compression, which offer the same great benefits of any compression sleeve with the added antimicrobial benefits of copper.
The primary benefit of infusing the sleeve’s fabric with copper is for the metal’s antimicrobial properties, which help reduce odors for as long as you own and use the garment.
Elbow Sleeves with Braces
Another development in compression sleeves for tennis elbow is the addition of a strap or brace for added support.
Tennis elbow braces are another popular product used to apply targeted pressure to a player’s arm. However, instead of buying two separate devices for support, some manufacturers have integrated them.
One of the most significant benefits we’ve experienced using these sleeves is that the strap portion is more likely to stay in place.
However, the biggest downside is that is only a handful of these on the market, so your options will be somewhat limited.
If combining the two, we prefer to purchase our favorite compression sleeve and elbow brace separately because it’s easy to wear the brace over the top of the sleeve.
Some players who struggle with tennis elbow will find the discomfort extends beyond their elbow. In such cases, you may find it beneficial to opt for a full-length arm sleeve that extends the entire length of your arm from your shoulder to your wrist.
The main benefit is that you’ll have more thorough coverage. However, the biggest drawback is that arm sleeves can be more restrictive and cause too much heat relative to elbow sleeves.