HOW COMPRESSPORT COMPRESSION APPAREL WORKS
Before proceeding, the first thing that you will wonder is what Compressport compression apparel is. So, let us explain to you what “compression” means. There are many times when you see many of the racers wearing calf sleeves, tall compression socks and thigh high full tights. These objects or items definitely grab your attention make you wonder what these actually are. Well, these apparels or accessories are based on medical concepts which were created a long time ago. The concept or theory was that compression apparels made with highly elastic gradient compression fabric were supposed to mould around various parts of the body so as to increase blood and lymphatic flow. Athletes and Sportsmen use Compressport compression garments to improve performance levels and increase the rate of recovery from strains, injuries, cramps and pulls. Experts are still cynical about the functionality of these compression apparels but researches suggest that these work. Here is how Compressport compression clothing is said to work:
- Compressport compression apparel improves running performance: It is said to squeeze blood vessels which forces them to open quickly, which allows more blood and oxygen to flow in the compressed muscle. This whole procedure increases the muscles’ capacity which enables the athlete to run faster. New research conducted by the University of Newcastle has found that lower body compression apparels increase the amount of blood flow and reduce the heart rate during intensive running, supporting the fact that compression apparels should work. Some of the researchers have found that these compression socks do not work. There are a few things which can cause this sort of contrary belief. The first being, that the original finding was wrong, because at that point of time the runners might have had better amount of speed than normal. The second belief is that wearing socks weighing around three ounces can reduce the speeds of the athletes by a good margin.
- Compressport compression apparels can reduce muscle soreness: when the foot strikes ground it sends vibrations through the runner’s legs which cause the muscles to shake. This process is believed to damage muscles and create post exercise soreness. Compression apparel will keep the muscles in place thus reducing soreness and muscular breakdown. A research was conducted by the Massey University in Auckland which found that there was reduction in the muscle soreness 24 hours after exercise when wearing compression stockings after a 10K road run. This study also found that soreness was reduced only in the compressed region. More than 90% people who ran without wearing the compression socks experienced soreness after 24 hours, but only 15% of the people who ran with the compression socks had soreness.
- Compressport compression apparels speed up the recovery process: Compression apparels create extra blood flow, wearing one of the compression apparel after a session of exercise or running is said to speed up the removal of metabolic wastes and again introduce substances muscles required to rebuild. Some amount of research has been conducted to support the fact that these compressions work. Most of the athletes and air travelers say that their legs feel fresher after wearing compression for some time. The scientists of the University of Exeter measured the recovery process with three strength exercises conducted in a period of the four days. They found that wearing compression for about 24 hours after the exercise sessions improved performance in all the three tests and reduced the amount of soreness as felt by the participants.
- Choosing between compression socks and compression calf sleeves.
A few hours to go before your all important race begins, you are checking for your compression socks and it happens that you end up finding you compression calf sleeves as well, now the dilemma is which one you should go for. Now the advantage is that one can easily wear socks over their compression calf sleeves. If you want to go for a trial then consider wearing only the calf sleeves, but as soon as you are ready to race you can choose wearing your socks over the cal sleeves. Therefore, during a triathlon event wearing your compression sleeves instead of compression socks can be the difference between placing in your age group and spending half of your time on the transition mat. Experts believe that one should always wear calf sleeves during a sprint as it helps to improve race performance and post race recovery. They also help to make a quick transition from the swim to the bike.