If you ask yourself which parts of the body are actually the most stressed during weightlifting or weight training, then you first think of legs, shoulders or the lower back.
However, it is often forgotten that the hands and especially the wrists play a major role in almost every exercise. They are therefore exposed to just as high loads. The hand consists of 27 bones, of which 8 bones are located on the wrist and are supported by a variety of ligaments and tendons.
The structure of the wrist is quite complex, as it must have a high degree of mobility to ensure all the necessary functions of the hand.
However, high mobility also leads to less stability and thus to a higher risk of injury.
Especially when lifting weights, enormous forces act on the wrist. The strain on the wrist is extremely high not only when snatching and jerking, but also during classic strength exercises such as front squat or push press. Wraps stabilize the wrist and thus reduce the risk of injury and prevent tension or overload. In addition to stabilization, the wrist wraps have other positive properties: They have both a warming and circulation-promoting effect.
Good blood circulation is still the best way to prevent injuries and regenerate after high stress.
Wrist wraps are easy to wrap around the wrist. They can be wound tighter or looser depending on the desired degree of stability. However, you should make sure that they do not sit too deep under the joint. Otherwise, you wear a chic bracelet, but the function of the wrap is missed.
However, one should not forget that the wrist must remain mobile. For example, when cleaning or doing front squats, mobility and stability play together and complement each other. Those who suffer mobility problems with these exercises will not improve them by simply using wrist bandages. You should continue to work on improving wrist and shoulder mobility.
In addition, it is recommended to use wrist wraps only for heavy sets and high loads. The wrists are allowed to get used to loads when warming up. Because the wraps only serve to prevent overloads. So you should not carry them over the complete workout.
Since every athlete likes to go to maximum loads in training or competition, wrist wraps are a useful tool. Therefore, they should be found in every gym bag.