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8.28.2011

Review of Tommie Copper Calf Compression Sleeve

I had the opportunity to try out a complimentary pair of calf compression sleeves from Tommie Copper to review.  The sleeves are copper infused and were designed to be comfortable enough to wear all day. When I started reading about them, I realized that these products are not just for athletes, but for anyone with joint problems or inflammation. The opinions expressed below are my own.


Since I started riding, I've found that my calves were cramping a bit and sometimes sore during the ride. When the company contacted me, I thought I would try out the sleeves and compare them to the compression socks that I have.  I have been wearing them during and after long runs and long rides and have found that they really do help with how my calves feel while I'm training.  Similar to the compression socks, I feel like they keep my circulation going and hold everything together in my legs!  They are comfortable, very easy to get on & off and super lightweight. Compared to compression socks, they feel just as tight, helping with circulation but they are much easier to get on and off and not as heavy. I wouldn't use the compression socks in the summer - they are super hot when you have them on and feel like they are made of wool, but these are breathable and I've worn them comfortably on hot days.

From the website:
The sleeves:
* reduce muscle inflammation in the calf
* relieve calf and shin pain
* stimulate circulation
* are comfortable enough to wear all day
* are machine washable

Why copper? 
From the website:

Copper is necessary for the growth, development, and maintenance of bone, connective tissue, brain, heart, and many other body organs. It is involved in the formation of red blood cells, the absorption and utilization of iron, and the synthesis and release of life-sustaining proteins and enzymes. These enzymes in turn produce cellular energy and regulate nerve transmission, blood clotting, and oxygen transport.
Copper stimulates the immune system to fight infections, repair injured tissues, and promote healing. Copper also helps to neutralize "free-radicals" which can cause severe damage to cells.
Symptoms of copper deficiency include osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.



The sleeves seem like they are very durable and would last a long time. I fell on the bike a couple of weeks ago and they saved my calves and shins from getting cut. Thank you sleeves! I like them and would recommend them. They are reasonable at $24.50.  Check them out on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.


2 comments:

  1. Hi! I have just recently started following your blog, but I run XC and Track for a D1 school! I love to see how different runners training is going and any tips that they may have! Have you ever heard of CEP compression socks? I get really tight calves and have always struggled with shin problems. I got a pair of these this summer and I have had to problems at all! I wear them on my quality workout days and long runs and many times after as well! They make my recovery feel so much better! I have also been told that they increase blood flow by 40%! If you haven't tried them I highly suggest that you do!!

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  2. $24.50 is really reasonable. I have a few pairs of sleeves now, and so far I agree with your opinion the CEPs are the best brand. I could use a pair that are lighter weight though, and you can't beat that price.

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