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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Compression Socks and Arm and Leg Sleeves

Many athletes are experiencing an improvement in performance and recovery by using compression socks & arm & leg sleeves. These items were originally designed for use with post-operative patients, diabetics, and those who suffer from circulatory impediments caused by conditions such as edema, phlebitis, varicose veins, and deep vein thrombosis. Compression socks & arm & leg sleeves help sufferers of these conditions by assisting the return flow of blood from the extremities to the heart, greatly improving circulation and reducing the risk of blood clots.

Athletes hope to capitalize on these benefits during longer endurance workouts and also during the recovery period following a workout.

Many have theorized that wearing compression socks during exercise would support enhanced performance, lead to an increase in oxygen and blood flow delivery to the muscles, reduce stress placed on the muscles by jarring and vibration, and prevent shin splints and other forms of damage to soft tissues. Runners have hoped for improved endurance and faster running times. Those interested in using compression socks for these reasons should be aware that, overall, studies find minimal improvement when using these products.

Studies performed on the ability of compression clothing for recovery enhancement are somewhat more promising. Faster recovery times and a reduction in soreness after working out are common benefits of using compression clothing. Athletes interested in pain reduction during the 24-hour recovery period following a sporting event or a strenuous workout should consider using compression clothing.

When purchasing compression clothing, buyers should consider the following features. Seamless construction and moisture-wicking fabric will allow for greater comfort against the skin. Products treated with anti-microbial agents will be less likely to pick up unpleasant odors.

Compression clothing is available in varying amounts of compression. A pressure of 15-25 mm is ideal for athletic use. Athletes using compression clothing should realize that using clothing with too much compression can decrease blood flow to the muscles, leading to decreased performance and recovery.

Not all compression clothing is the same. Be sure to treat yourself to the best!

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