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Compression Garments; thoughts?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 29, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Hi Hackers,

A friend of my used compression socks for his calves last night an objectively states that post workout soreness has gone from around about 60% to only 20%. Has anyone on here looked into the science behind pressure garments and whether or not they are beneficial?

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A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

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on March 01, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Agreed. Quite a character indeed.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 01, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Thoreau's sister thought he was pretty much an ass their enire life, until he contracted "consumption". She changed her mind about him , when he "walked the walk" on his sick(death) bed. He actually believed and then lived all his "kooky-far out stuff" while he wasted away. Throeau rocks.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on March 01, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I love my leg sleeves! I wear them for a few hours before long runs, during the run, and then for at least a few hours afterward, and maybe even the day after if I'm still a bit sore. Haven't had shin splints or prolonged calf soreness since I got them!

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on March 01, 2012
at 10:34 AM

Sorry, i'm not the sharpest tool in the shed! Objectively just sounded good.

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on February 29, 2012
at 09:51 PM

Translated from http://www.dr.dk/sundhed/dinsundhed/L% C3% B8b/Artikler/2011/0518164641.htm - The theory behind is that, in view of the compression stockings in the blood will run faster back to the heart from the legs, and there will thus be more blood to pump around - and thus more oxygen to the muscles, explains Lasse Kristiansen, Cand. Scient. in Human Physiology at the Metropolitan University College, and, moreover, are an active marathon runner and coach.

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on February 29, 2012
at 10:45 PM

That would be "subjectively" ....has gone down 60%-20%. Just saying, there is a difference.

9bd33dab06ad6696b1b6a06aed818f05

(659)

on March 01, 2012
at 10:34 AM

Sorry, i'm not the sharpest tool in the shed! Objectively just sounded good.

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5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on March 01, 2012
at 03:10 PM

All I'm going to say is that I love compression shorts. Not for their recovery benefits, but for their preventive activities. Two words I never have to worry about again, the chafe.

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A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

on March 01, 2012
at 02:07 AM

I was out on the trail a couple of days ago and noticed a gentleman who was running. I normally wouldn't have noticed him, but I did because he was wearing tight compression pants/tights and a tight compression shirt (navy blue pants and a royal blue shirt). He looked like a super hero who was missing his red cape - that is to say, silly. I tend to think that all compression things look a bit silly. They may work great, but I've never tried them. For a long time I used a weightlifting belt in the gym too much, for most lifts. I later learned through Crossfit, etc. that this becomes a crutch and impedes development. I think the weightlifting belt became a mental crutch as much as anything. Could compression socks or other such garments become a mental crutch? I think it's cool to just jump up and go - bermuda shorts, t-shirt, nothing fancy, whatever you're wearing... the exception would be good shoes and socks.

"Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes." -Henry David Thoreau

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 01, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Thoreau's sister thought he was pretty much an ass their enire life, until he contracted "consumption". She changed her mind about him , when he "walked the walk" on his sick(death) bed. He actually believed and then lived all his "kooky-far out stuff" while he wasted away. Throeau rocks.

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

(2053)

on March 01, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Agreed. Quite a character indeed.

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on March 01, 2012
at 01:35 AM

Sorry, no scientific research here. But my personal hypothesis on it was that it's the extra support that helps with the pain. Some of us are just, jiggly I guess is the best way to say it. When the muscle's got damage and is jiggling when you move around, you feel it more. The compression helps keep things from jiggling, so you feel it less.

I don't think there's anything to blood getting into the muscle faster, etc. when wearing compression clothes.

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on March 01, 2012
at 01:27 AM

I don't have any experience using them in workouts per se, but I bought a pair of 20-30mm compression socks after I broke my leg, and they make a significant difference (especially on long, stressful, more active days) in the amount that the healing leg swells.

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on February 29, 2012
at 11:42 PM

I have a pair of compression sleeves for my legs (kind of like leg warmers) that I wear when I have been doing any running (2 miles even) and they seem to help. I also wear them when I plan to be standing a lot- it makes my ankles and calves feel more stable.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on March 01, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I love my leg sleeves! I wear them for a few hours before long runs, during the run, and then for at least a few hours afterward, and maybe even the day after if I'm still a bit sore. Haven't had shin splints or prolonged calf soreness since I got them!

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on February 29, 2012
at 09:54 PM

I know Mark Sisson uses compression pants for recovery, for what that's worth. I've been wanting a pair for a while, but haven't been able to justify the cost so far.

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