While compression socks and stockings can help people who suffer from many and various circulation issues, can compression socks help athletes go further, faster and push greater performances achieving their personal best?
In an article by Tim Huntley on the myathleticlife.com website, he looks at whether compression socks help athletes improve their performance and if their recovery from a high performance is better.
The article mentions improvements in some areas where others are not so prevalent. “Cycling Time Trial – A study of 14 trained athletes wearing compression garments during a recovery period created a statistically significant improvement in power output as well as timed performance during a 40-km time trial .”
In another article by cyclingweekly.com, the author says, “All compression isn’t the same. To sum up the whole category would be like riding on one tyre and judging them all by that standard. Using good compression wear will speed up recovery.”
Kelly O’Mara writes in the competitor.com webiste, “For decades, medical-grade graduated compression socks have been used to combat deep vein thrombosis, or the formation of blood clots. By increasing the circulation and blood flow, research has found the socks to be effective for bed-ridden and inactive patients.”
She goes on to say, “One study found that when 21 male runners did two step tests – one with compression socks and one without – they were able to go slightly longer wearing the compressions before exhaustion. There have also been some small increases seen in anaerobic threshold, particularly in cycling, and in jumping performance. The theory is that the tights prevent oscillation of the muscles sideways and promote muscle efficiency.”
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