Currently, compression garments are seen everywhere especially in the field of sports and entertainment, but is it really working? Various researchers have weighed in the options on what science is actually saying concerning compression garments.

Compression garments are rapidly becoming a must-have gear for a better operation, impairment prohibition and injury recovery. With the introduction of crux shorts in 2005 which is aimed at making use of a range of systematic angled rubbery so as to manufacture bodily accurate condensation knickers. Ever since, there has been an eruption of various condensations of socks, full and half-sole garments as well as a variety of misinformation hovering around. In essence, what does science have to do with running in condensed clothing?

The first thing to put into consideration is that there has never been a single research indicating whether the compression garment, of any type, can actually prevent or treat a wound.  Such claims are simply based on marketing strategies. This doesn’t mean that there can’t be a form of benefit while wearing such garments. A study involving armed forces in sports, gave an account of the declining vibration of the tendon in the process of jump landing as well as running long distance when putting on the full-leg compression garment.

Reduced vibration could decrease the flow of oxygen to the muscle and as a result help in wound recovery. Furthermore, this study made use of healthy army rookies in order to answer the question on whether it is possible for a garment to really reduce the injuries inflicted on the body.

It is quite funny and interesting to see how a piece of garment can assist in preventing an injury as this can be a complicated problem that is worthy of attention among researchers of various communities.

A study involving 25 rugby players who performed treadmill runs with and without the full leg compression garment. The speed was increased every five minute and the blood lactates, as well as the acid balance, were calculated. In total, there was no difference in pH but a small reduction in lactate concentrate was present.


In the same study, 11 best runners were being watched carefully while running at 90% pace of their VO2 max especially wearing the full-leg compression outfit. In total, there was no difference in all the circumstances measured. In essence, the few studies investigated concerning the effect of compression garment on sprinting and endurance has reported no effects in terms of physiological measures and total performances.

Beyond any doubt, research needs to be conducted in other to assist you, the runner in understanding the pros and cons of putting on a garment makes one feel protected during sporting activities. Based on my own assumption, if you believe wearing a piece of cloth will assist you in running, wear it! But I still stand my ground that the main cause of running injuries are complicated and cannot be easily prevented by just a piece of cloth or shoe and whatever one seems right in this matter, is only a choice to make.

DOES COMPRESSION SPORTSWEAR WORK? Compression outfits with brands including Skins, Nike and others are presently in vogue despite being expensive as there are several people willing to pay for this product because they believe in its performance and recovery.

Are there shreds of evidence to prove the benefits of this fitness or is it just a marketing stunt? According to science, Compression stockings have been in existence since time memorial and it has been used in the increase of blood flow thereby adding oxygen to the muscles will eventually result in an improved performance. A compression garment will likely boost sporting performance by the following:

Decrease the vibration in muscles

Increase in the awareness of the position of joints which may also make you more streamlined.


The most suitable outcome is for jumping. Positive effects on running fast and cycling performances have been clearly stated, but other research has found no difference in performance or speed. Avoiding injuries has not yet been studied in trials but there are various logical tools for avoidance via compression science. By decreasing the vibration in muscles, it is believed that compression tights may lessen injuries. This could apparently decrease the risk of injury by allowing you know when your body reaches its limits. Compression tights could be useful to people with certain injuries and could serve as a support in reducing ill-favored movement of hidden tendons. A physiotherapist is in the right place to decide if it will help in any certain way. Compression intensifies the temperature of the skin but not the body temperature, but this doesn’t mean that one can put on compression sports clothing in order to replace warming up before exercise.


Quick recovery means getting back to training faster and simply doing more of it. For best results on recovery linked with the use of compression tights, they must be worn during and after exercise for up to 24hours, while some studies test them for up to 72hours. If worn only during exercise, it would have less effect on recovery.A few studies show improvement in recovery to pre-exercise levels, while others don’t.  Furthermore, the most vital factors in recovery are sleep, nutrition, and dehydration.


The motive for putting on a compression sportswear is solid, but it has a feeble proof. There are various studies done on compression wear but its findings are mixed. For a rookie sportsperson, there are more efficient methods of increasing performance, avoiding injuries and promoting recovery than merely putting on a compression tight. Furthermore, lots of people love the feel of the material as well as the force on the skin and the decrease in body movement. Lots of people who try to wear the compression garment discovered an increase in performance and they feel better afterward. In as much as there is no proof of any negative effect, if it feels good and puts your mind in a sporting mood, then go ahead!