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?
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.
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
- vibrations caused by the impact of the foot on the ground are limited (-33%)
- lateral or vertical movement of the muscles is reduced
- tractions on tendons and muscles are limited
- 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.
Compressport® 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.