Athletic compression socks or sleeves can help to improve your performance and post-workout recovery

During training, competition, and recovery phase, today's athletes are more and more relying on the power and support of compression garments. Whether you are a professional athlete or just trying to stay fit, wearing compression socks or sleeves can help to improve your performance and recovery.

Athletic compression socks or sleeves can help to improve your performance and post-workout recovery

Athletes discover compression wear

Every athlete is looking for an edge to achieve peak performance. It’s the nature of competition. Athletes of all types wish to improve their endurance, athletic performance, and personal records.  Due to the concept that compression garments can improve blood circulation, boost athletic performance, and speed up recovery, compression stockings and calf sleeves have been gaining in popularity among competitive athletes and weekend warriors alike.

Compression socks and sleeves have become most popular among long-distance runners and triathletes but have now found enthusiasts in many different disciplines. Look around and you’ll see them on all kinds of athletes, from high school football players to Olympic gold medalists.

Do compression socks boost athletic performance?

Compression stockings were originally designed to relieve tired, swollen legs, and to treat a host of medical issues like varicose veins, edema, and phlebitis. The garments enhance blood flow by encouraging the circulatory system to move blood from the lower legs back up to the heart.

Athletes have recognized the benefit of wearing compression socks to improve blood flow during physical activity. In theory, the faster oxygen delivery to muscle cells is believed to result in greater athletic endurance. However, no study has yet proven that there is, in fact, a positive effect on performance.

Since new evidence is still being collected and compiled, the issue remains under discussion. In time, we may be able to determine under which circumstances, or in combination with which other factors, compression wear can make a truly competitive difference for athletes. 

Fact: compression wear provides extra support

Some also say the firm, enveloping support that reduces vibration and friction of muscles and ligaments improves mechanical efficiency. Because of this, you may experience less muscle wear and tear during repeated impact with the ground.

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Do compression stockings speed up recovery?

Many athletes report a quicker and easier recovery after workout when wearing compression stockings or sleeves, which seem to help muscles regenerate more efficiently. 

These claims have at least been partially justified by research, which shows faster post-exercise recovery on average. The athletes participating in these trials reported reduced soreness, stiffness, fatigue, and tightness in the calves, especially when they kept the socks on for a while after their workouts.

...or is it just the placebo effect?

Could some of the reported benefits of compression socks and calf sleeves for athletes originate from what’s known as the placebo effect? Is the belief that something makes you better enough to make you better? In other words, if it works for you, why wouldn’t you do it? Compression has no negative impact on performance and recovery. 

Even if you can’t exactly explain why and even if there’s no scientific study to support how they make you feel, if the physical support of compression socks or sleeves translates to more physical confidence, then maybe you’ve found your edge. 

Everyone can benefit from wearing compression socks while exercising no matter your age or fitness level!

Whether you train regularly or workout occasionally, you too can benefit from wearing compression socks both during your training and in your post-workout recovery. 

During intense training or sports activities, compression socks will help reduce the vibration for greater endurance and will help bring oxygen-rich blood to your hard-working muscles.

In the recovery period, the constant compression helps to decrease inflammation and swelling, as well as preventing lactic acid build-up to ease post-workout soreness.

All Sigvaris products use the basic principle of true graduated compression with the strongest pressure at the ankle. When blood is properly circulated, it restores much-needed oxygen and nutrients to tired muscles that have been deprived during a workout.

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Further reading

What is compression therapy?

What is compression therapy?

Medical compression therapy applies a type of elastic device on limbs or other body parts to exert a controlled pressure on them. Thereby, the device squeezes the vein walls together and improves the circulatory rate. Medical compression also helps with reduction of edema and recreates conditions beneficial for the healing of chronic inflammatory disorders.
How to get compression products

How to get compression products

What to do when you start having first signs of a venous disease or after you have been diagnosed? Just follow our three steps to get a compression product that best fits your needs. Most of our medical products require either a medical prescription or a professional fitting at a retailer of your choosing. It is recommended that you see your physician who will give you a prescription for the proper compression socks or stocking for you.
Health tips

Health tips

Check out our health tips. They provide you with easy and helpful leads on how to keep your legs healthy in different life situations.
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