You might have heard of the benefits that compression clothing has for the wearer during sporting activities, but you may not be familiar with what compression gear really is, and what these benefits are.
WHAT IS COMPRESSION GEAR?
Compression garments are pieces of tight-fitting clothing that are usually made of materials like nylon and spandex. In the past, compression garments were worn by people who suffer from poor blood circulation and other conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. It has been medically proven that wearing clothes that fit the bodysnugly aids blood circulation.
HOW DOES COMPRESSION GEAR HELP DURING SPORTING ACTIVITY?
These days, athletes wear compression gear to prevent excessive muscle movement and to aid blood circulation to the muscles that are being utilised during exercise or sports, In addition, compression gear helps muscles recover post-workout.
Choosing tight-fitting clothes that are specifically designed to be worn during sporting activities might hold a variety of benefits, including providing extra support for key muscle groups, reducing movement of the muscles, increasing circulation and oxygen delivery to the muscles, and lessening soft tissue damage and pain.
HOW DOES COMPRESSION GEAR AID THE BODY AFTER SPORTING ACTIVITY?
Numerous studies have shown that wearing compression gear after a workout or sporting event does measurably reduce swelling and fatigue. This is achieved as a result of the direct pressure on the muscles, which serves as a type of “hands-free” massage.
Wearing compression gear on the gluts, quads and hips can help to push blood back to the heart and subsequently slow down fatigue. All this means that the athlete can train harder and hold the aerobic activity for longer.
Similarly, wearing tight shirts after weightlifting or sports shirts provides pressure to the body that helps to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Of course, when we talk about training and sporting activity, consistency is key. The long-term benefits of wearing compression gear during and after you have been active are more obvious than if you have worn the sports gear during one single event.
HOW DOES COMPRESSION CLOTHING HELP AEROPLANE TRAVELLERS?
You might have noticed that many people now wear compression socks during long duration flights and/or long periods of inactivity. Research has shown that wearing compression socks can reduce the risk of blood clots and deep-vein thrombosis.
COMPRESSPORT manufactures a variety of compression gear for a range of sports such as trail running, cycling, triathlon, and racket sports.
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