8 BENEFITS OF WEARING COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGY DURING SPORTS
Compression wear has been exponentially gaining popularity as more athletes of various levels are paying more attention to their body during workouts.
The common questions revolves around the idea of whether we should wear compression during workouts and if it is actually effective!
WHAT EFFECTS DO COMPRESSION WEAR HAVE?In general, compression wear creates pressure around muscles, tendons and ligaments. The compression produced through elastic fabrics provides support and restriction providing numerous benefits and in some designs, improved proprioception (sense of relative position) during muscle movements. Here are 10 benefits of wearing compression wear during your next work out!
1. IMPROVED BLOOD CIRCULATION
As biology classes would have taught us, blood circulation is important to us as they are the highways bringing nutrients and oxygen towards our muscles and organs. This in term improves the oxygenation of muscles enabling athletes better performance and endurance during workouts and games. Some brands such as BodyVine incorporate targeted compression designs to improve compression where it matters.
2. MUSCLE FATIGUE REDUCTION
Similar to the benefits of better blood flow, the opposite stands true for the drainage of toxins and lactic acids from the muscles through better blood flow. The reduction in lactic acid and oxidative free radicals accumulating in the muscles plays a significant role in muscle endurance and reduces muscle fatigue and muscle soreness during and post workout.
3. REDUCTION IN RISK OF INJURY
One of the major cause of sports injuries lies in the over-extension or over-strain of muscles. Compression designs that includes restrictive materials or reinforcements (See Power-Band) often helps prevent muscles by increasing resistance and limits unnecessary muscle movement. This can also be achieved using kinesiology tape fan strip techniques.
4. IMPROVED PROPRIOCEPTION AND PERCEIVED EXERTION
Improved proprioception and perceived exertion are linked to more efficient muscle movements. Compression wear such as Knee Sleeves, Calf sleeves, Thigh compression, compression tops are examples of compression wear designed for major muscles. The benefits often shows itself with improved training quality and overall performance for endurance based athletes such as marathon runners and triathletes.
5. QUICKER RECOVERY
Athletes often face brutal and painful post workout soreness at all levels of competition and involvement. Compression wear helps athletes reduce soreness and fatigue, while assisting athletes to quickly regain their maximum output, maximizing workout benefits and reducing negative effects that may lead to injuries.
6. KEEPING JOINTS COMPRESSED
Many compression wear are designed for area with heavy stress towards joints, ligaments and tendons. This helps to keep these parts heavily susceptible to wear and tear moving in the right way it was designed and reducing potential awkward positioning of joints that may lead to injury.
7. IMPROVE AWARENESS OF MUSCLE COMPENSATION
For athletes who are not properly guided into proper forms and techniques during workout sessions, it is common for the use of other muscles and parts to compensate for a lack of strength or stability.
Compression during workout improves the awareness of muscle movements and uses and is a very useful product to improve workout efficiency