Athletes and many of us who are not pros are seeking an advantage for our sport or workouts. Currently, the “fad” seems to be wearing compression gear. And many wear it as a recovery tool. And some wear it to prevent injury or even serious medical conditions. So let’s look at the question of does compression gear actually work or is it just another fitness fad?
First, look at the recent issues over Serena Williams’ catsuit which was recently banned from future French Open tennis tournaments. Interestingly, she defended the decision; however, she explained that she wore the suit because of her history of blood clots. She stated that she was wearing the full suit to prevent blood clots. “I’ve had a lot of problems with my blood clots,” she said at the French Open. “God, I don’t know how many I’ve had in the past 12 months. I’ve been wearing pants, in general, a lot when I play, so I can keep the blood circulation going.”
Compression gear/wear has long been touted and proven scientifically and medically to help with circulation issues and the prevention of blood clots. So in this instance, the increase in circulation does, in fact, debunk the fad myth.
And through this increased and improved circulation, there are many sports benefits which can follow:
- Lower muscles oscillation — Compression can prevent damage to the muscles, as well as preventing soreness.
- Muscle support — With compression, muscles will stay in their proper place, which can lead to fewer injuries, as well as increasing muscle energy levels.
- Quicker recovery — Because of higher circulation of blood and other fluids, compression can help the body rid itself of lactic build up. This will lessen muscle soreness and speed up recovery.
- Higher levels of proprioception — This is the “awareness” of your body in the space surrounding it. Through increased awareness, you may experience improvements instance, agility, posture and stability during your sports activity.
Will Compression Increase Your Performance?
The answer to this rests on a number of factors including the activity and your level of activity. Some studies indicate that certain sports, such as endurance cycling and running may not see significant performance benefits; while other sports such as explosive exercises require maximum power and strength, there does appear to be an increase in performance.
So does compression gear actually work or is it just another fitness fad? Well, wearing compression gear will not turn you into a star athlete; however, compression wear can help improve your performance in small ways, especially if engaged in sports that require fast spurts of power and strength. But we have found that overall, wearing compression does provide those above-mentioned benefits which can improve your overall feeling and mindset when engaging in your sport!
If you want to know more about which types of compression gear can best suit you, please get in touch with us at ZeroPoint Compression!