Do wrist straps really work?
Wrists Straps – Do they actually work?
There are often questions around the use of wrist straps or wraps, and whether they actually benefit an athlete, or just create a placebo effect and make you look the part. As someone who wears them regularly, I am here to tell you that yes, they do work – making you look the part is just an added bonus.
Wrist issues can vary from previous injuries, limited flexibility, or you may just have weaker wrists having not built up a lot of strength in that area – therefore a lot of the movements we use in CrossFit, such as front squats, cleans, thrusters etc., can lead to sore wrists, or even injury.
At CrossFit Hawthorn East, we want to minimise any injuries or niggles as much as possible, and wrist straps are just one way we can do this. Admittedly, they won’t completely stop anyone from injuring their wrists, however prevention is the best cure and these can definitely help. Wrist straps can be worn for any movement where you may feel a bit of tightness or even weakness in the wrists, so even doing handstands or handstand push ups etc., you are going to notice that these aid in lessening any pain or tension that you have in this area.
There are several types of wrist straps that you can find – I’ve tried a couple of styles, such as the wrist wraps and wrist straps (with Velcro). Personally, the Velcro wrist straps work better for me as I find these provide a bit more support and once they’re on, I don’t need to adjust them at all. I know a lot of people prefer the straps, so it’s really down to personal preference.
The moral of the story – if you struggle with sore/tight wrists, give wrist straps a go. You may find they give you a bit more confidence to get to your next PR.
Coach Becs – CrossFit Hawthorn East
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