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    Black bands on the football players' arms?

    Sitting here watching USC destroy Penn State in the first half, three of us, all PE or Kinesiology majors in college, have no idea what those thick black bands are many of the players wear just above their elbows. Any idea what they are for? Just another excuse to put a sponsor's logo on the players?

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    Re: Black bands on the football players' arms?

    They are typically sweat bands pulled above the elbows for the sole reason of showing off the guns. I actually read an article recently about this.

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    Re: Black bands on the football players' arms?

    "Those narrow straps are to prevent tendinopathy. By taking some of the load off the muscles and tendons near their attachment points they reduce the likelihood of tearing, particularly of the triceps tendon when falling on the hands. Physical therapists give these to the players to prevent lateral and medial epicondylitis and outright rupture injury and keep them in the game with less pain."

    Seems like caca to me. I doubt a cloth strap is going to prevent you from ripping your triceps. Also, if you wanted to prevent medial/lateral epicondylitis you would put the band below your elbow, not above.

    I like the geek theory of showing off "the guns." They are football players, it's probably not supposed to make sense.

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    Re: Black bands on the football players' arms?

    To aid in muscle tears , I have been told

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    Re: Black bands on the football players' arms?

    Quote Originally Posted by orca1946 View Post
    To aid in muscle tears , I have been told
    Interesting concept. I would have thought that most football players could tear muscles without resorting to external devices.
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    Re: Black bands on the football players' arms?

    Mel,
    You sir are a smart ass...I like it.

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    Re: Black bands on the football players' arms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Dickson View Post
    Mel,
    You sir are a smart ass...I like it.
    Kurt,

    you don't have to call me sir. I just ask that my kids and wife do but not others.
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    I just have them call me "maestro"....actually "Dr. Maestro Sir" or simply "your eminence."

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    When people call me sir. I look around for somebody older than me !!

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