How does Compression work?
INCREASES VENOUS RETURN
REDUCES EXERCISE INDUCED MUSCLE DAMAGE (EIMD)
ACCELERATES RECOVERY PROCESSES
REMOVES LACTIC ACID FASTER
INCREASES STRENGTH AND POWER
INCREASES MUSCLE OXYGENATION
IMPROVES BODY TEMPERATURE CONTROL
REDUCES IN-FLIGHT MUSCLE VIBRATION FATIGUE AN DAMAGE
Everyday we get ask the same question, does compression really help performance?
The Science of Compression Wear began over 60 years ago, being first introduced in the medical industry as treatment for venous disorders, mainly in the legs. Nearly 30 years later in the 1960’s, compression wear was introduced into the athletic industry and over time has become almost a pre-requisite to being a part of an athletes’ gear bag.
Most all compression wear have the characteristics of being light, stretchable, and fit tight to the skin. These combinations provide overall comfort during performance activities that cannot be replicated with other sportswear. Being light has obvious advantages. Fitting tight to the skin prevents it from getting in the way during activity and being stretchable allows activity to be non-constrictive. It also provides an extra layer of protection against abrasions such as tuff rash, minor cuts and scraps, and many have a level of UV protection. While these obvious advantages are reasons enough to wear compression, there are many scientific studies, which show great, medical advantages from the use of compression wear.
Oxygen is a key component to just about any activity and the level performance ability. When your body is involved in strenuous activity, it needs to move oxygenated blood to the muscle and then remove the de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. By adding compression to the body, particularly to areas like the legs and arms you can help your body improve its blood circulation rate. Some studies have show as much as a 40% increase in circulation during and after activity. Better blood circulation has been found to improve:
Better circulation helps increase the needed oxygen support during strenuous and longer activities, which can lead to a decrease in exertion. Less exertion means competing at a higher lever, for a longer period of time.
Studies have also shown that speed, acceleration, muscle explosion, jumping, and even muscle strength during activity can increase with the added benefits of compression. While the level of performance increases’ varies among athletes, there is no disputing that many of todays premiere athletes believe strongly in this technology.
One of the biggest advantages of compression, may just be the benefits it has on recovery. Many studies have shown results of reduced blood lactate levels and reduced swelling. These results can lead to faster recovery, getting you back into action quicker. They also can lead to less stiffness, soreness, and quicker warm-up times after recovery.
Compression has shown benefits in reduction of venous reflux and pooling, decrease in pulled muscles, less cramping, injury healing promotion, and a decrease in muscle vibration which can lead to muscle exertion, bruising, and swelling.
While compression will not make you the next super star if you don’t have the talent, consistent use can provide many added benefits from comfort, performance, and recovery.