If you are an athlete at any level — from professional to recreational, you understand how important it is to keep your body in the best shape possible and to avoid injuries. One main concern many of us have is how to reduce muscle damage during our sport or workouts.
Today’s blog is going to take a look at how compression gear can help reduce damage to the muscles, as well as the many other benefits this gear presents.
What is Compression Wear?
Compression gear that is now worn across many sports actually has its beginnings in the medical field. Compression garments were created as medical devices designed to prevent, as well as slow the progression of vein diseases such as varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. These medical garments were used to help increase blood flow and circulation as well as to relieve the pressure within the veins.
These medical compression garments have also been used to alleviate symptoms of:
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Other circulatory medical conditions
Now compression is worn for several of its many benefits during workouts and sports activities. Compression clothing also keeps muscles in their proper place, and reduces muscle vibrations. Current sports-related compression gear presents many benefits to the wearer. And studies have shown that they can reduce muscles soreness. A review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine states “When compression garments are worn during and after heavy exercise, they appear to reduce muscle soreness.”
The study concluded that wearing compression garments after exercise sessions can allow wearers to experience less soreness and faster muscle recovery than those who choose to wear regular gym outfits.
The study also states that when muscles are worked hard, they can become inflamed, leading to increases in fluid which then leads to swelling and pain. Compression gear puts pressure on the muscles and will reduce the amount of fluid buildup to decrease swelling and pain.
The compression / pressure applied by this gear can keep the muscles in place in their correct position to prevent sprains and strains. Additionally, this pressure will also reduce muscle vibration that will lower muscle soreness levels.
Keeping the muscles in places is especially important when considering how to reduce muscle damage. It only makes sense that should the muscles not be in their correct positions performing at peak levels, the risk of straining, pulling or tearing increases.
Compression gear can also speed up and reduce the soreness of workout recovery. Because compression gear increases blood circulation and oxygenation, your muscles will feel less sore due to the increase in blood and oxygen. Additionally, because overall circulation is increased, build up of substances such as lactic acid that cause soreness will be more quickly eliminated from the body.
At ZeroPoint Compression, we emphasize an overall safe training regime that includes nutrition, sleep, and compression. We encourage you to get advice from trainers and medical professions as to the best ways to train and how to reduce muscle damage.