Not too long ago, athletes considered the “recovery” process as resting their legs and drinking milk. And now, these same athletes, including triathletes have been using compression gear to advance the recovery process. So, let’s take a look at why triathletes use compression wear.
The benefits of compression wear are many, including improved circulation that speeds up the recovery process, along with reducing potential muscles damage.
Today, you will rarely see triathletes not wearing some sort of compression gear — from socks and leggings/tights to full body suits. It is especially prevalent within the elite triathlon divisions.
Since the mid-20th century, compression has been used within the medical field to treat patients who may be suffering from deep vein thrombosis and a whole host of other venous diseases and issues.
It’s hard to pinpoint the “ah-ha” moment that suggested compression could benefit athletes. However, a 1987 study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine highlighted facts that athletes who wore compression recovered faster than those who did not.
In addition to the faster recovery factor, compression gear can reduce muscle damage by reducing muscle vibration and mobilizing the limbs — essentially keeping muscles and limbs in their correct positions. This is especially important to triathletes use nearly every single muscles and limb during their cycling, running and swimming events.
Compression gear comes in many different pieces of athletic wear worn by triathletes such as socks, leggings, shorts and even upper body wear. It is this variety that can assist the triathlete throughout the variety of events to help reduce muscle strain and increase performance. And by wearing the compression gear after the events, that recovery time is decreased.
At ZeroPoint Compression, we truly understand the many reasons why triathletes use compression wear, so we are able to help you choose the best gear for your next event!