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What differentiates sport compression from medical compression?

Sport Compression is meant to offer more elasticity than medical compression. As muscles contract and consequently swell during effort, compression apparel, as designed by Compressport adjusts itself to muscle swelling, thanks to its elasticity (which medical compression does not) and in so doing, remains confortable.

How can compression help in an athlete`s everyday life?

Often, major competitions are far away from home. Preparations and travels before the race may cause the sportsman to stomp or to endure extend passive positions. All these activities will lead to leg swelling and pain associated with the “heavy legs” syndrome. Who has never felt that sensation of heavy legs before running?

RunningWearing elastic compression decreases or prevents swelling of the lower limbs. From a sensory point of view, pain and discomfort are reduced, especially on plane or on train or by exposure to heat.

Well-being, lightness and fresh legs are definitely guaranteed for you to be ready to perform!

What`s the right size to prefer while choosing your compression apparel?

To take full advantage of compression benefits, Compressport® recommends you follow its size guides. Measure the circumference of the body part you wish to compress, then refer to our size tables. If the circumference is in the upper part of the size table, (for example a calf width of 37 cm), do not hesitate to choose the next size up (T3), because muscles will inflate during effort.

When and How does compression work?

Before Effort  –  Improved Muscle Oxygenation for Limited Injury

While you prepare the muscles before a race or a training session, wearing Compressport® will accelerate the warm-up process and therefore reduce risks of injury. By pressing the veins, Compressport compression improves venous return towards the heart, exactly like the pressure applied to the bottom of a toothpaste tube pushing the paste up. Consequently, the overall blood circulation is increased as muscles get better oxygenation. Compression worn on legs for example will prevent swelling and leave you with light and fresh legs! 

During Effort  –  Absorbed Vibrations for Limited Muscle Damage

Wearing Compressport® during running efforts will be beneficial as it reduces muscular vibrations induced by the impacts on the ground.

  • Muscle damage will be limited
  • Muscle fatigue will be delayed
  • Prolonged performances will be improved
  • Delayed muscle soreness prevented.

The risk of tendonitis, shin splints and muscular injuries is decreased as compression will provide an effective support and ensure less stress on joints and tendons! By activating cutaneous and muscular receptors, Compressport® will enhance the proprioceptive feedback. Consequently, body posture while exercising will be improved.

Trail Running

Will compression garments enhance endurance performance?

The repetition of shocks during endurance exercises such as Trail Running or Marathon causes muscle damage and fatigue. Compression garments will help limit vibration and absorb shocks (-33 %)! Muscle fatigue will be delayed, pain and micro-injuries will be reduced and you will be able to perform longer, in full comfort. Thus, you will be more resistant on the last kilometres of an endurance race when your competitors (not wearing compression or wearing less efficient compressive apparel) will slow down.

After Effort – Reduced Muscle Soreness for Fast Recovery

Wearing Compressport® during post-exercise recovery activates blood flow and thus increases oxygen supply, eliminates toxins faster and prevents swelling. Consequently, secondary muscle damage, inflammations and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) are reduced and subsequent performances during competition are improved!

Some Facts about reduced delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)?

During effort, compression sleeves keep your muscles compact and solid and can reduce DOMS during recovery by 50 %.  This happens as 

  1. vibrations caused by the impact of the foot on the ground are limited (-33%)
  2. lateral or vertical movement of the muscles is reduced
  3. tractions on tendons and muscles are limited
  4. muscles are less damaged.

When and why to wear sleeves and compression socks?

Compressport® Full Socks v2.1 will be more efficient during recovery after effort. With a digressive compression gradient (pressure is maximum at ankle level: up to 25 mmHg), these socks improve venous return by +20 % and help eliminate lactate acids more quickly (by 13 %) and bring even more oxygen to the muscles (+15 à 25 %).

It is also recommended to wear your compression socks for a while longer after exercise, allowing your legs to recuperate optimally. Indeed muscles are considerably damaged from intense exercise and you continue to feel pain.

TriathlonCompressport® R2 sleeves (V2, Swiss et Oxygen) are designed for exercise.  The targeted multi-gradual compression they convey allows optimum reduction of vibrations (-30 % in average) and in so doing delays fatigue and limits injury (-29 %).

Using the Compressport Full Socks or Full Legs will guard your legs against pain associated with intense exercise. They will provide a great muscle support and you will feel lighter and mobile. Ready to play again.


Since long, the Marathon is considered as the key race of all cross-country runs. Many set out to achieve a personal life goal, either as finisher or to set record over and above their own benchmark time.

Have you ever thought about wearing compressive sportswear in order to increase your chances? Here are some scientific facts that will definitely set things right about how compression can be efficient and effective in achieving performance!

When shall you use compression and why should you?

Days before the Marathon

It is no secret that you will need to build up on the number of kilometres during your pre-race workouts if you want to finish a 42-Km marathon! That`s where you will encounter pains and injuries that might wipe away all your preparatory work.

URI5525With compression, muscular vibrations are limited by 33% and shocks are absorbed so risks of injury (such as shin splints, tendinitis or any other muscular injuries) be reduced by 29%. Recovery after effort will be quicker allowing you to get back to workout so that you are ready and fit on the big day!

Source: Reduction of the risk of injury when compression garments are worn during the effort, by Ménétrier A and al. (2014), British Journal of Sports Medicine Magazine.

 Hours before the Marathon

Any prolonged sitting or standing postures causes leg swelling (+4 to 5 cm) and heavy and tired legs. This happens

?        When you travel to your race location (by car, train or plane)

?         While you queue up, stomping, to get your bib number

?         During traditional cultural tours.

Wearing compression hours before the race guarantee ultra-light legs in the starting blocks!

URI5583(2)Pressing on the skin, muscles and veins, Compressport`s Full Socks v2.1 stimulate venous return by +20 % (imagine a toothpaste tube being pressed to push up the paste). As a result, the wearer will feel lightness and comfort as leg swelling is reduced up to 100%. In compression clothing, heavy-legs syndrome will just be distant memory.

During the Race

Specialists recommend a 180-pace rhythm per minute. This takes the form of short ground contact time and reduced impact force. The faster is ground contact the least time do shock waves accumulate and spread. Tendons and other joints are less stressed and risks of injury are limited.

Moreover, it appears that a faster pace helps save energy. This is to say that step rate is of utmost importance! However, it is not always easy to speed up one`s pace to the 180-pace/minute goal. Compressive sleeves can help you reach this objective. It has indeed been proved that they increase pace frequency and allow long and flat strides.

URI5974Furthermore, by limiting muscle oscillations by 33% compression and absorbing shocks throughout the marathon, compression will prevent micro-injuries more often caused by repeated shocks and vibrations. Compression prevents pains and cramps and will delay fatigue. What a better way to finish your run in the best conditions and go beyond the 30-Km barrier…

Source: Dose-effect response of elastic compression on muscular vibrations, by Lussiana al. (2014), Science & Sport Magazine.

After the race

Worn after effort compression is associated with better venous return. Stimulated blood circulation will :

?       Increase muscle oxygenation (+15 %) thus facilitating recovery

?       Rapidly evacuate toxins (such as lactates), that may stagnate in muscles (– 13 %)

?       Improve the whole recovery process.

Aches and contractures disappearing rapidly (up to 50 %), you can get back quickly to your day-to-day activities (walk down the stairs for example!).

Source: Effect of a French Class II (18-21 mmHg) compression stocking on how marathon runners’ muscles adapt to exertion and their ability to recover, by Allaert FA and al. (2011), Magazine Phlébologie.

Which compressive sportswear to use and Why?