If worn correctly, medically-controlled compression can greatly enhance performance and prevent potential injuries during an ultra-trail. Arnaud Ménétrier, scientific manager at Compressport Body Science, explains all.
Before and after physical effort, compression aims to increase blood flow – and hence muscle oxygenation – to keep legs fresh, prevent swelling and eliminate toxins.
During the race, muscle contraction takes care of these elements, so the goal of compression is to limit muscle vibration and absorb shocks. This in turn reduces strain on structures and tendons, delays fatigue and prevents injury.
The days leading up to the race are often tricky to negotiate. A lot of time is spent wandering about town, standing around picking up the race pack, fitting in final training sessions… Blood can stagnate in your legs, making them feel heavy and achy – you feel cooked before the race even starts!
The Full Socks Race & Recovery provide progressive compression from the foot up, which acts a little like a tube of toothpaste to boost venous return, keeping legs fresh and preventing swelling.
By preventing any kind of swelling, compression is used before physical activity to give athletes the sensation of light legs and help them perform better. Arnaud Ménétrier | Head of body science development
The Pro Racing SocksTrail increase proprioception and grip of the foot in the shoe, reducing the risk of blisters and protecting the Achilles tendon.
Both theR2 calf sleeves and theUnder Control Trail Shorts will reduce muscle vibration and absorb shocks, particularly during descents. This limits micro-lesions and muscle trauma, reduces strain on tendons, delays fatigue and prevents pain and cramps.
Rather than compression, the Trail Postural SS Shirtoffers unique technology woven directly into the back and abdominal area to help keep shoulders straight and core engaged, even in the final stages of the race when the body is begging to stop.
You’re done! Everything hurts but remember: pain is temporary, glory lasts forever! And a pair of Full Socks Race & Recovery can make the pain go away faster.
The progressive compression accelerates blood flow for increased oxygenation of the muscles., Toxins are eliminated faster and inflammation is reduced.
Avoid calf sleeves if you are static as your feet will tend to swell.