I first heard of Tommie Copper through a mutual friend at my gym. Lucky for me, this was right around the time I started having pain in my left knee after doing the Around the Bay 30K road race. I was doing the Boston marathon three weeks later, so I was looking for something to get me back on track.
Even though the Tommie Copper compression gear can be worn during a workout to ward of fatigue or simply as an all day garment underneath clothing to aid in recovery, I was solely using it as a recovery tool.
At night time, I would ice my knee and then put the knee sleeve on and wear it to bed all night.
When it came time to run the Boston marathon, I did so with minimal pain in my left knee. I'd like to think that the knee compression sleeve had a lot to do with that. Below is a picture of the knee sleeve.
The other piece that I received from Tommie Copper were the calf compression sleeves. Again, these can be used for either training or recovery, but I have typically used them as a recovery tool. I am currently training for Ironman Austria, so I have been putting up some decent training miles in both biking and running. I use the sleeves after all big workouts to help me recover as quickly as I can. They seem to do a really good job at this. The copper infused yarn used in the material is likely the secret to the quick heeling effects.
Below is a picture of the calf sleeve.
Overall, I found both pieces to be supportive to the muscles and not constricting to movement or circulation. They are washable & very soft. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
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