You have probably seen compression gear being worn by basketball players, football players and runners, but have you ever thought about compression for skiers? Skiing is a totally popular sport with many people traveling hundreds or thousands of miles to get the very best ski experience possible. And of course, there are some who live just around the corner from favorite resorts. Either way, these athletes, and recreationists do not want anything to ruin their day on the slopes. So that’s why we’re going to take a look at compression socks for Alpine skiing.
It may seem to many that wearing tight-fitting socks or clothing during the cold weather is counterintuitive. That’s because most people believe that tight garments will restrict blood circulation and would cause one to become colder.
Most ski socks are bulky wool items or a combination of wool and synthetic fibers and are often quite expensive. They have a tendency to get wrinkled and/or bunch up.
Benefits of Compression Socks for Alpine Skiing
Graduated compression socks (and other compression garments) actually improve blood flow due to their graduated nature. It forces blood up to the heart to increase oxygenation. Because of this increased circulation, your body will actually generate more heat; thus, compression socks can keep your feet warmer during a day of skiing or other winter sports.
Other benefits provided by compression socks and calf sleeves include:
- Calf muscle support for better/proper alignment
- Increase stamina
- Exhaustion and soreness can be delayed
There are other benefits provided by compression socks for Alpine skiing including keeping your muscles loose and warm to provide fast reaction times on the slopes. Additionally, these socks can also prevent blisters and sore spots on the feet, shin, and ankles.
Compression Gear for Other Sports
If you are an avid skier, it’s quite possible that you like to engage in other sports. Compression gear can also help enhance your performance, especially those performed in cold weather, such as:
Running — If you are a serious running, you probably train no matter the weather. Compression socks and gear keep you energized and warm during your runs. And some styles come with reflective patches to keep you safe!
Football — Again, compression socks and gear can elevate your performance by supporting your muscles, as well as keeping you warm.
No matter which sports compression gear is worn for, it can also speed up your recovery due to its benefits to the circulation system. This gear can also speed up the body’s elimination of lactic acid to speed up recovery and prevent soreness.
If you need more information or guidance about wearing compression socks for Alpine skiing or any other sport, just contact us at ZeroPoint Compression. Our friendly team members can help you find the compression gear that will fit with your individual sport and training schedule.