Whether you are an elite athlete or someone who just fits their training in where they can, we can all benefit from sports compression socks. You will pay a little more for them, but the benefits of faster recovery and improved performance far exceed the costs.
Sports compression socks work on what is referred to as graduated compression, meaning the compression is greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases in firmness as the sock moves up the leg. The compression within the socks stimulates the muscles and tissues by exerting pressure and in doing so accelerates the pumping of blood up from the ankle, up the calf and throughout the rest of the body.
Research has shown that compression socks aide recovery, improve muscle performance and allow you to work your muscles for longer. The science behind graduated compression sees the compression speeding up blood circulation and in doing so enables the body to remove metabolic substances i.e. waste substances such as lactates. The result equals better blood supply to muscles and better blood supply allows more oxygen to reach the muscles, all of which increase recovery/performance. Best part is this is legal!
Sports compression socks such as Sigvaris also cite benefits including muscle stabilisation meaning their compression socks will see:
Disclaimer: If you are unsure of the level of compression, have concerns or a medical condition, whether pre-existing or otherwise, please consider seeking medical attention prior to purchasing.
As always please sing out if you need any help in choosing your sports compression socks. You won’t look back!