Can Compression Gear Really Help Runners?


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Useful for recovery?

Post-race or long run is the ideal time to don your compression gear.

Performance enhancing?

The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that compression stockings improved running performance at submaximal intensities in moderately trained male runners. However, compression did not significantly affect VO2 max.

Compression stockings improved running performance at submaximal intensities in moderately trained male runners.

Some small increases in anaerobic threshold have also been noted in various studies. The theory is that the tights or sleeves reduce muscle oscillation when the foot strikes the ground and therefore this improves muscle efficiency. The majority of studies suggest however that if there are any improvements to performance as a result of compression, they are minimal.

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