A few weeks ago, I to my first Wreckers (Rose City recreational program) scrimmage. I’ve been to Wreckers practice, and I’ve been to open black and white scrimmages. The difference is that at open scrimmages, there are usually 20 or more skaters on each side. You get to skate probably five or six times in an hour.
At Wreckers scrimmage, there were eight people on each side. You get to skate five or six times in a row if you’re so inclined.
It was taxing.
I think I mentioned two or three times that geez, maybe I should work out.
Two days later, my glutes and quads were still bothering me when I get up and down. With a one-year-old child, I get up and down a LOT.
BioSkin sent me, your faithful blogger, a pair of these calf sleeves to try out. (Full disclosure: they sent them to me for free, and if you buy anything via the link on this page (over there —>) I get a small percentage of it. I like money. Money buys snacks. I ain’t getting rich off of you, and I only want your money if it’s spent happily and you get something awesome in return, my sweet internet friends.)
They’re compression sleeves, but for your legs. Leg sleeves. Did they make my calves less sore? Hard to say. Some people say these sleeves help with muscle soreness and shin splints. I can say this:
- I didn’t have my usual spate of cuts, scrapes, and small bruises on my shins.
- I was comfortable. It was a nice fall day, and I wasn’t too hot or cold.
- My calves did not seem much more sore than they usually do? It’s hard to gauge.
- I think…I’ll keep wearing them. I have generally tired and sore muscles and calves just from carrying around a 23-pound child all the time, and any extra support I can get is great.
Do you wear any kind of supportive gear? Knee gaskets, shoulder sleeves? What do you love? Let us know. The people’s parts are sore, and we have questions.
Me in white jamming, possibly after cutting the track. Photo by Audrey Kim.