If you are an endurance athlete, you may know that athletes within your arena are increasing their usage of compression clothing.
Compression wear, especially compression stockings have been used in the medical/rehab settings for a number of decades. Compression is often utilized in treating lower leg venous problems through increasing blood flow. These stockings are also recommended for those who have suffered blood clots in their lower leg. And finally, compression wear has been used post-surgery to help increase circulation, prevent the formation of blood clots and to speed up recovery overall.
Today, athletes and sports people are not using the benefits of compression to enhance training, workouts, and performance. You will see many professional athletes wearing different types of gear. Also, you will probably see many of your fellow gym-goers sporting those brightly colored garments. If you are an endurance athlete, you may benefit from compression gear.
Compression Clothing for Endurance Athletes
Compression gear usually used by endurance athletes includes calf sleeves, stockings, full tights, and even thigh sleeves. Many of these athletes indicate that they wear compression to increase/enhance performance, speed up recovery following training and races.
Compression gear applies pressure (compression) to various parts of the body to among other benefits, increase circulation and oxygenation, which can increase performance.
Summary of the Benefits of Using Compression Wear
- Faster recovery
- Increased blood flow and circulation
- Reduction of lactic acid build up
- Feeling Less soreness the day after training/workout
- The pressure allows the brain to be far more aware of different body parts. This allows increased muscle control and joint stability
- More controlled movements can lead to safer execution and higher quality training, helping athletes excel in their sports
- You will lose less energy during a work out becomes of less soft tissue and muscle oscillation (vibration).
- The specific materials used to build compression provide a moisture wicking effect, which can help prevent bad odors during and after a workout. It can also help keep you cooler.
Finding the Best Compression Gear for You
While you are probably seeing the term “compression wear” or “compression gear” in many different places, you should understand that it is not a protected term. This means that products that are not true compression wear can be marketed under that label.
At ZeroPoint Compression, we offer true medical grade compression wear. We also information about choosing the best garments for you. This includes an online sizing chart. Here you will notice that finding the proper size is different from finding other types of clothing.
We encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any other questions about compression clothing for endurance athletes or other sports. We are happy to help you find the best pieces for you!