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Using Compression Sleeves to boost Sports Performance
Over the past couple of years compression sleeves have gained notoriety from the sports world.
Professional athletes in virtually every sport result sporting these tight, stretchy sleeves on their
arms. Recently, some professional runners have begun wearing compression socks for the
complete lower leg, up to the knee joint. Many younger athletes prefer to wear these sleeves to
"look cool," but there are lots of important health advantages to be gained by using these
compressive articles of clothing.
Athletic trainers along with other nurse practitioners have been for a while using Healing from
knee compression sleeve as a way of reducing swelling after a trauma is sustained. This
technique works by enhancing the the circulation of blood in to the area, in addition to
facilitating the movement of fluid out from the area. Vigorous exercise causes tiny injuries, or
microtraumas, towards the muscles being utilized, which the body has to repair and recover from
between workouts. Muscle soreness and inflammation can arise from these microtraumas. By
putting on compression socks and sleeves from a workout, reports have discovered that athletes
experience less post-exercise soreness and can recover quicker after strenuous exercise. This
quicker recovery time can enable athletes to work harder more often without their bodies
Many athletes must travel by plane to go to their competitions or events. The alteration in
pressure along with staying in a seated, still position for hours at any given time might cause
swollen legs over the course of the flight. Wearing support socks while en route battles this
hindrance and enables athletes to keep their legs feeling fresh and prepared for activity even after
a different flight.
Compression garments are useful after activity to promote muscle recovery and before activity
when traveling, but perhaps its best use is in an athletic event. The increase in the flow of blood
on the compressed muscle also brings by using it more oxygen, as oxygen is carried in red blood
cells. Almost all competitive sports need a large amount of oxygen being delivered to muscle for
optimal performance. Compression enables greater the flow of blood towards the muscle with a
lower pulse rate and also the flow of oxygen in to the area increases with no increased force on
The highly competitive athlete must utilise all resources at his / her disposal to get the "edge"
that is required for achievement. Compression socks and sleeves needs to be a fundamental
portion of every athlete's workout regimen as a method for quicker recovery post-workout and
increased performance throughout the workout itself.