Elbow sleeves are used to compress blood vessels in elbows imposing it to open forcefully. Elbow sleeves are mostly worn by athletes recovering from injury, in an attempt to speed up the healing process. Elbow sleeves are meant for elbow pain-reduction and protection. It holds elbow compression and allows easy movement of elbow when it is injured. Unlike other sleeves that are designed only for comfort, elbow sleeves are designed to add support, warmth, and compression during arm workouts.
Elbow Sleeves Market Drivers:
New developments in elbow sleeves designs and quality are projected to increase growth of the market. For instance, in September 2017, The Spud Inc. specifically designed elbow sleeves for weight lifters, made from a breathable nylon that does not stink as old neoprene sleeves. It can used by weightlifters and sportsmen, who are involved in rigorous exercises, to get easily recovered from elbow muscles injuries thus, boost growth of the elbow sleeves market.
Furthermore, in May 2018, Leatt developed new airflex armourgel elbow guard, which uses a molded padding made from an energy-absorbing material called armourgel padding, used by racers to protect their elbows from damage. Armourgel pads are soft to touch but become firmer on impact. When elbows struck ground, the pads would get firmer to resist the blow and prevent damage.
Elbow Sleeves Market Restraint
Stringent regulations and guidelines laid by healthcare agencies regarding the measures for elbow sleeves has led to the recall of several products by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), which in turn is excpected to hamper growth of the elbow sleeves market. For instance, in April 2015, USFDA recalled Zimmer, Inc.’s tennis elbow support, Neoprene LATEX FREE, used to provide compression and warmth for mild to moderate elbow strains and sprains. USFDA discovered that the raw materials labeled as latex free by the company, contained latex, thus the product was revoked from the market.
Elbow Sleeves Market – Regional Analysis
On the basis of region, the global elbow sleeves market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.
North America is projected to dominate in the global elbow sleeves market, owing to new product launches in the U.S. For instance, in August 2015, CopperJoint Company, a U.S.-based company, successfully launched Copper Infused Elbow Sleeve for athletes, which helps in enhancing flexibility and mobility. It is also designed to minimize injury and offer optimal muscle support between workouts and during casual everyday activities.
Asia Pacific region is also expected to witness significant growth in elbow sleeves market, owing to rising awareness for sports injuries. For instance, an international conference, Sports Med 2019, is to be held in Australia in July 2019, with the theme “New advances for treatment in the field of Sports Injury Prevention and Recovery”. The most recent techniques, and the newest updates in sports medicine and fitness fields will be hallmarks of this conference. Conference will involve Prompt keynote presentations, oral talks, poster presentations and exhibitions related to sports injuries.
The key players operating in elbow sleeves market include Zensah, Rehband Stockholm AB, Medco Sports Medicine, Corflex, Nike, Inc., Kunto Fitness, AliMed, Weber Orthopedic Inc., Juzo, Breg, Inc., and Enerskin.
Elbow Sleeves Market – Taxonomy
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