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    Using Leg Sleeves while swimming

    During swim practice, my legs start to cramp at about 2200 yards. It is a struggle after that to avoid a full cramp in either calf. This happens every practice. I was wondering if wearing the leg sleeves that the runners use might help prevent cramping??

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    Re: Using Leg Sleeves while swimming

    Paul -


    A few questions about the workouts, and you, to help frame the issue:
    • How often do you practice?
    • How much kicking alone do you do in an average practice, and is it early or late in the practice?
    • Do your practices mix speed and endurance work, or just focus on one or the other?
    • Are you maintaining hydration levels before and during your workout?
    • Is your diet balanced?
    Leggings might help reduce blood pooling, but they would not be legit in a meet, and it would be better if you could locate and correct the root causes of the cramping.


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    Re: Using Leg Sleeves while swimming

    Yes, compression leggings in conjunction with a mankini are excellent cramp preventatives.


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    Re: Using Leg Sleeves while swimming

    Thrashing Slug, you got me stumped. I have never heard of a Mankini. I could let my imagination wander like, is it like the Manzier of Seinfeld fame? Thanks for the help. Also, where can I buy this.

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    Re: Using Leg Sleeves while swimming

    Wouldn't a mankini be worn by a modest guy with big moobs?

    See also Google:manzier seinfeld

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    Re: Using Leg Sleeves while swimming

    Mankini:
    http://www.everymantri.com/everyman_...mages/petr.gif

    Here's another option for those who like more coverage:
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2368/...8dff9e.jpg?v=0

    Not strictly necessary with compression socks, but it's a natural downward slope once you start going down that road.

    Seriously, it's not worth it. Just eat a banana and stretch.



    On a related note, doing a Google image search for 'mankini' with SafeSearch set to Off could scar you for life. Pardon me while I go stab out my eyes.
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    Re: Using Leg Sleeves while swimming

    Have you tried a store that might carry rubber sleeve/leg wraps? Such as a medical place ?

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