The Gist: Inside the research on compression sleeves worn by athletes and senior citizens.

What Does a Compression Sleeve Do Anyway?

What Does a Compression Sleeve Do Anyway?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 2 2015 9:17 PM

Nothing Up Their Sleeves?

A look at the benefits offered, if any, from compression sleeves worn by LeBron James, alpine skiers, and ailing senior citizens. 

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LeBron James Sleeve.
LeBron James during an NBA playoff game at Quicken Loans Arena on May 26, 2015, in Cleveland.

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Listen to Episode 269 of Slate’s The Gist:


Today on The Gist, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker returns for another installment of “Is That Bullshit?” Maria and Mike take a closer look at compression sleeves used by elite athletes, senior citizens, and injured folks alike.


Plus, we talk about the U.S. military’s Massive Ordnance Penetrator bomb and Russia’s Armata supertank with Rebecca Grant, the president of IRIS Independent Research and a contributor to Air Force magazine.

For the Spiel, Mike raises an eyebrow at the body count in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.