Compression Wear: True or False

2014-04-11 06:44:31

Sure compression gear looks cool, comes in various colours and keep you warm on those cold winter nights, but how effective are they really. Recently I was asked if a piece of clothing could really improve speed, performance and weight loss, so I decided to do a bit or research and this is what I discovered.

How it works

Compression gear is designed to deliver pressure to certain body parts. Most people who choose to wear compression gear believe that they will experience improved circulation and mechanics.

Compression gear may also reduce vibration in the skeletal muscle during training and competition. It believed that the reduced vibration contributes to less muscle trauma, less fatigue and biomechanical alterations during the course of an endurance event.  As a result, athletes are expected to experience less soreness, edema and faster recovery in the days after exercise.

Reduced Soreness and Recovery

When your running, skipping or working out your feet hit the ground, which sends vibration up your leg and causes muscles to shake. This is thought to damage muscles and add to post-exercise soreness. Compression apparel secures the muscles in place to prevent muscular breakdown.

Wearing compression wear creates extra blood flow, which is purported to expedite the removal of metabolic waste and re-introduce the substances muscles require to rebuild.

Benefits of compression wear

Individual assessment of compression gear research shows some benefit, although it's mainly during the recovery process.  Several studies support that compression garments reduce post-exercise declines in jump height, minimize strength loss, decrease muscle edema (swelling), and ease muscle soreness

  • Enhances blood circulation to peripheral limbs
  • Reduces blood lactate concentration during maximal exercise bouts
  • Enhances warm-up via increases in skin temperature
  • Increases vertical jump height
  • Improves repetitive jump power
  • Reduces muscle oscillation upon ground contact
  • Increases torque generated about joints, improving performance and reducing the risk of injury, for example, assisting the eccentric action of the hamstring at the end of the swing phase in running
  • Enhances recovery following strenuous exercise by aiding in the removal of blood lactate and improving subsequent exercise performance
  • Reduces the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness in the days following strenuous exercise
  • Increases feelings of positive leg sensations both during and following strenuous exercise.

When should you Wear Them?

Many studies indicated that compression wear is designed particularly for athletes who train and compete on a regular basis.  While reports don't really say if there are many gains while wearing the clothing during competition, there is definitely compelling evidence that supports compression gear as a recovery process.

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Brandon Matthews

2014-04-15 08:38:48
I've always been in favour of compression wear. It could all be in my head, but I honestly feel like my muscles are warmed up better, perform better and recover faster when I wear compression shirts or pants. I ordered some new ones from Kimurawear and can't wait to see my gains increase.

Amy Jackson

2014-04-21 11:35:04
Compression gear is amazing! I'm a runner but I also do Karate and grappling and its something that everyone uses. Not only does it keep my body warm but I'm a firm believer that it prevents injury and lets me push myself harder and work faster. This blog is great, to my knowledge the information is correct, the points very understandable and well written.

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