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Is compression sports gear a possibility?

The performance of athletes is improved with compression socks and other clothes. A meta-analysis investigates whether compression socks and other clothing actually improve athletic performance.

What you should know:

  • A recently published article in Sports Medicine synthesized results from 183 studies evaluating the effects of compression garments in different ways.

  • The majority of people believe that compression clothing such as socks, tights sleeves, socks and shirts can aid in jumping higher, run faster and recover faster after exercise, and reduce muscle soreness although evidence of their efficacy isn’t certain..

  • The majority of the studies showed that the garments did not affect body measurements such as lactate levels, heart rate, and creatine Kinase, an indicator of blood flow that indicates damage to muscles.

  • However, a larger proportion of studies (29 out of 50) did not find an correlation between perceived muscle soreness and the use of compression garments..

  • Other studies have revealed that whether an individual believes that compression clothing improves their performance could have a bearing however the overall data remain inconclusive about their effectiveness.

This is a brief summary of the article “The Latest Science on Compression Gear”, published by Outside on December 24, 20,21. The full article is available on

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