Recover faster with sports compression socks!
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.
How do sports compression socks work?
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:
- Fewer tears in the muscle fibres allowing your muscles to last longer before tiring;
- Less muscle injuries, aching muscles and cramps.
Sports Compression Sock Tips
- To get the most from your compression socks wear them during activity, particularly when performance and/or recovery is important;
- If you chose not to wear them during activity then wear them immediately after training / racing to commence the recovery process;
- Consider wearing your compression socks whilst you sleep to take advantage of the body’s natural recovery process;
- Take note of the compression level of your socks. This is measured using mmHg (the measure of pressure in millimetres of mercury). Too higher compression can be counter-productive and actually restrict circulation, which can be dangerous.
- For sport activities choose a compression level of 10-20 mmHg. This level of compression can be purchased without seeking medical advice. However, anything above 20 mmHg we would strongly recommend seeking advice from a medical practitioner before purchasing.
- Do not fall into the trap of believing the higher the compression the greater the recovery, as anything higher than 20 mmHg falls into the realm of medical grade compression.
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!