During the last few years, compression socks have become very popular. Whereas in the past only elite athletes used them, exercisers of all ages and at all levels of fitness use them now.
There is much debate about whether this is just a fad created by the manufacturers to make more money, or whether these socks have a real impact on training and performance. People have different opinions about compression socks, and it can be difficult to figure out what is right and what is wrong.
However, many people write and blog about their personal experiences with compression socks, and since scientific studies on their effect are few, personal experience gained by the ordinary user is the best you can get.
The purpose of this article is to clarify what compression socks can do for you when you are exercising. The manufacturers highlight three main characteristics of compression socks when used during exercise and restitution:
Firstly, they help you perform better. Secondly, they improve restitution after running, and last but not least they prevent and remedy injuries sustained during running.
What the socks actually do is increase the backflow of blood from the legs by reducing the volume of the lower legs and changing the venous backflow from the superficial veins to the deep veins. This, however, has only been identified in individuals at rest and not during exercise. So the actual purpose of the socks is to increase the venous backflow, increase the uptake of oxygen and reduce the level of lactic acid, which will improve performance, reduce recovery time and prevent injuries.
One of the biggest mistakes runners commit is buying compression socks without knowing enough about the subject. And many shops sell the socks according to shoe size, but that is far from correct, as it is not the length of the foot that decides whether you get the right size, it’s the circumference of your calf. Therefore, you need to measure your calf and buy your socks based on that measure. The socks must sit very tight on your legs to provide the desired effect; if they are too large, they have no effect.
A) Compression socks can remedy sore legs the next day.
B) If you suffer from heavy legs during exercise or sore legs the day after a long-distance run, try compression socks and avoid the discomfort.
Category: Tøj og Mode Published: 07-03-2017