One of the growing trends in the runner’s world is compression gear. You can’t seem to attend a meet without seeing a runner with compression shorts or tights. For these runners, their compression gear is one of the most vital pieces of equipment they use.
Like many compression brands, the award winning design that promotes performance and recovery are always discussed. Though, with PRS Compression, we extend this by sharing our findings of legitimate scientific results from studies that were conducted by sports scientists.
The Benefits of Compression Gear
Compression Shorts and Soreness
A research article on compression garments by Hill, J. et al.3 used data that was extracted from 12 studies showing the effect compression garments had on the delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS).
This research specifically looked at the compression garments effect on recovery at points of 24. 48, and 72-hour post workout. The results indicated that there are benefits in compression garments by improving recovery time from DOMS.
Compression Shorts and Blood Lactate Levels
During a study by A Sear, et al.1, researchers used eight collegiate level athletes, and explored the physiological effects of using compression garments during a 45-minute workout.
The data collected demonstrated that there were increases in physical performance because of the improvements in muscle oxygenation, lower levels of blood lactate levels, and other associated metabolic effects when using compression Shorts.
Compression tights and endurance improvement
Bringard A. et al.2 explored the benefits of compression tights that directly correlated with endurance improvements. Similarly, some studies also suggest an improvement in mechanical efficiency due to compression tights.
This study suggests that wearing compression shorts during exercise improves circulation and muscle oscillation decreases. This will promote lower energy expenditure at a sustained submaximal running speed.
Is Compression Gear Worth the Money?
One thing is immediately clear; compression garments can be a game changer for some. Many athletes need the extra second or even tenth of a second that they might benefit from PRS Compression shorts. Though there are some garments that are more expensive than others, PRS Compression garments are thoroughly researched to benefit elite athletes and weekend warriors alike.
What to look for in compression garments?
Many true compression manufactures feature the amount of pressure in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) their garments provide; The higher the number, the more powerful the compression.
- 8-15 mmHg = mild compression.
- 15-20 mmHg = moderate compression
- 20-30 mmHg = firm compression
- 30-40 mmHg = Extra firm compression (Medical grade)
To get the maximum benefit from a compression garments, we suggest to use a garment with a range of 20-30mmHg. PRS Compression designs a full line of engineered fabrics targeting this compression pressure range.
1. A Sear, Joshua & Hoare, Trent & Scanlan, Aaron & Abt, Grant & Dascombe, Ben. (2010). The Effects of Whole-Body Compression Garments on Prolonged High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise. Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association. 24. 1901-10.
2. Bringard A, Perrey S, Belluye N. Aerobic energy cost and sensation responses during submaximal running exercise positive effects of wearing compression tights. Int J Sports Med 2006; 27 (5): 373-8.
3. Hill, J., Howatson, G., van Someren, K., Leeder, J., and Pedlar, C. (2013). Compression garments and recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage: a meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 0, pp.1-7.