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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:25 pm    Post subject: Are calf guards still a thing? Reply with quote

They were all the rage the last time I was racing tris & now I am swimming again and doing speed work on the run, my calves always feel like they are about to pop. Do these things work?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That depends on what you are expecting them to do
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want them to work, they will.

The more you pay for them, the better you think they work.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use them on a run if I've felt tightness in my calf from the previous run.

Might all be in the mind, feel less tense all over because I think they're having a positive effect?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I understand, the latest research says they are good to aid recovery, but ~#*$ useless for anything else. They won't offer any protection from injury while running and they won't make you any quicker.

I use mine when I'm flying Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saves me shaving my legs....
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

explorerJC wrote:
That depends on what you are expecting them to do


Got to be worth 30 seconds/km?

Both calves often feel sore after running (especially hard and / or uphill) or swimming (especially with fins, which is why I'm avoiding them at the moment).

It sounds like I may as well stick with tubigrips if they get sore.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My season was all-out ruined by a calf pop at speed in March. It has taken ages for the tear to mend, now running well and consistently ready for the Sundowner in two weeks, I never run without compression or calf sleeves.... not sure they do anything?!

As H Davies says it probably a mental thing, mine were 6 off e bay.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

caesar wrote:
explorerJC wrote:
That depends on what you are expecting them to do


Got to be worth 30 seconds/km?

Both calves often feel sore after running (especially hard and / or uphill) or swimming (especially with fins, which is why I'm avoiding them at the moment).

It sounds like I may as well stick with tubigrips if they get sore.


Do lots of calf raises to strengthen the muscles, make sure to go down and slowly as you go up. Well that's what my physio recommended for me to rehab for a calf go pop during a long run.
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