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1/ TRAIL RUNNING
The repetition of shocks in Trail Running causes a lot of stress for the muscles, joints and tendons and may impair the performance. Keeping your muscles compact and solid, the use of compression sleeves (for calves and thighs) absorbs these shocks (-33 % vibrations) leading to less muscle oscillations and therefore less traction on tendon and muscle itself. Consequently your performance will be enhanced and your recovery process improved.
T1 is the period between the swim and the bike of the triathlon. During this stage, triathletes switch from their swim gear into their cycling gear. Triathletes can think that wearing compression gear make them waste time (few seconds)… But the benefits of compression are worth it. On the one hand the compression’s aerodynamic properties provide an economy of 5 watts in cycling, i.e. you are able to save 1 min 30 sec on triathlon Ironman. On the other hand, the reduction of shocks during the run will ensure less traction on tendon and muscle itself and will help you to finish your challenge improving your performance.
Many pro tour cyclists like Alberto Contador, Peter Sagan or Thibaut Pinot use COMPRESSPORT compression sleeves to recover between stages during competitions as Le Tour de France. The Full Socks are mainly used during the travels to ensure a feeling of light legs before the race. The Full Leg appears to be the ultimate recovery weapon to recover after the race. It’ll prevent inflammations and also limit the delayed muscle onset soreness (DOMS) in cycling.
One day long competition includes multiples efforts – series and finals – often repeated in a short period of time (few hours). Swimming is largely concerned. You accumulate metabolic toxins (lactic acid) and your energy reserves decrease, causing the fatigue to appear earlier for subsequent performances. Improving the venous return, the compression triggers a series of actions: muscle blood flow and oxygenation (necessary to restore the energy reserves) are improved (+15%) and the metabolic waste removal is accelerated (-13 % of lactate). In summary, to stay strong for finals help your body – use compression: pain will be reduced and subsequent performance will be improved.
5/ RACKET SPORTS AND TRACK AND FIELD
Pressing on your skin and muscle, the compression activates some cutaneous and muscular receptors. The message goes up to your brain and you are able to feel better proprioceptive feedback, to feel better you body in the space. Consequently, your balance is improved which will help you for sprinting, jumping and changing directions as often requested in racket sports or track and field.
6/ TEAM SPORTS SUCH AS RUGBY, HANDBALL, SOCCER AND VOLLEY
Proprioceptive feedback is also interesting for team sports that require sprint, jump and changes of direction. Moreover this kind of efforts induces many shocks and causes a lot of stress for the muscles, joints and tendons. In the worst case, these shocks can promote the emergence of tendonitis, shin splints or other injuries… Absorbing the vibrations the compression guarantees less muscle oscillations and therefore less traction on tendon and muscle itself. A study conducted on 1200 sportsmen shows a reduction of this kind of injuries by 29 %!