How Compression Clothing Can Help Increase Brain Function of Athletes

It is a widely accepted fact that compression gear can help improve strength, muscles power and speed recovery after a workout. However, many people may wonder if or how compression clothing can help increase brain function of athletes.

In 2015, a physiologist from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) indicated that the physical benefits of compression were known, it is thought that this type of clothing may also increase blood flow to the brain.

The team studying this topic wondered if compression wear increased blood flow to the brain and in turn, alter brain function.

Ben Rattray, an assistant professor from the University of Canberra indicated that during extreme exertion, the decision-making ability of athletes can be significantly affected.

“We’re interested to know if increasing blood flow to the brain will actually help with that decision-making ability, when they’re exercising at those really high intensities,” he said.

The results of this study were generally inconclusive as to whether compression gear significantly impacts brain function.

Other studies indicate that while compression gear does increase blood circulation and prevents blood pooling, there are really no indications that the brain function is affected. Essentially, any decisions required during athletic activities are not affected by compression clothing.

Alternatively, the value of compression gear on overall body functions have been proven to be very beneficial to athletes and non-athletes alike. When circulation is increased you get the benefit of higher levels of oxygen being pumped through out your body, along with decreasing the risk of blood pooling and clots.

So as an anecdotal turn, most people realize that when you are getting more oxygen and blood to the brain, you do feel more clear headed. This is why many people enjoy exercise and workouts because of the increase in energy and a feeling of having clearer thoughts

Wearing compression gear brings the following benefits:

  • Increase blood circulation
  • Keeps muscles warm
  • Wicks away sweat to help regulate body temperature
  • Reduces risk of strains and sprains
  • Speeds up recover time
  • Stabilizes joints
  • Reduces risk of blood clots

One benefit that often goes unmentioned is that wearing compression stockings and/or socks during long periods of inactivity, such as when you are on a plane or traveling long distances where getting up and walking around is not possible, compression can help reduce swelling and more importantly, developing dangerous clots in your legs.

In conclusion, while there are no verifiable statistics or data that compression gear can affect the brain, the overall benefits of compression wear are positive for overall health.

If you wish to know more about how compression clothing can help increase brain function of athletes, how compression wear works or how it can help with your workout or just your normal everyday routine, just call us at ZeroPoint Compression. We are happy to help you choose the best compression gear for your individual lifestyle!