What sports people need to know about compression wear

what sports people need to know about compression wear

If you enjoy sports or the great outdoors, you will benefit from compression wear. And if you’re not quite sure what it is, this post is for you.

What is compression wear?

Compression wear increases blood flow to flush lactic acids (which cause your muscles to burn during intense exercise) out of your bloodstream faster after exercise. So, it helps you recover quicker after exercise and also reduces muscle fatigue and the chances of injury.

Does compression wear improve performance?

The University of Newcastle in Australia conducted a study of lower body compression garments worn during high-intensity endurance running. Though the compression garments didn’t make the athletes run faster, they did increase blood flow and reduce heart rates.

Another study by the University of Connecticut in the USA found compression garments helped reduce fatigue, swelling and muscle soreness in weightlifters.

The general consensus seems to be that compression wear doesn’t directly improve performance (though many athletes beg to differ), but it without a doubt helps with recovery afterwards.

lower limbs pressure chart for with and without compression socks

Types of compression wear

Compression wear comes in several forms: shorts, shirts, socks, calf sleeves and arm sleeves, etc. To follow we highlight compression wear for your feet, legs and arms.

Compression socks

white compression socks
Compression socks accelerate blood flow by reducing the diameter of swollen veins in your legs. Our sports compression socks at TXG structure that provides strong and comfortable protection for the ankle area.  When you wear them, your feet, ankles and calves feel more supported and less tired after exercise — it’s a bit like having springs in your feet.

Compression calf sleeves


Compression calf sleeves work the same way as socks. However, one reason for wearing them is that you can still wear your favourite pair of socks — which is particularly important if you’re part of a team with a uniform.

Calf sleeves are also good for protecting your skin from scratches that you can suffer during the rough and tumble of sport.

If you are recovering from an injury to your arch, ankle or lower Achilles tendon, however, it’s better to stick with compression socks.

Compression arm sleeves

pink arm compression sock

Compression arm sleeves, otherwise known as “shooter’s arms,” are particularly popular in sports, like tennis, basketball and hockey, where the arms get a lot of use.

Like socks and calf sleeves, they improve blood circulation to help speed up muscle recovery.

In hot and cold conditions, they also help regulate your body temperature.

Also, though it has nothing to do with compression, wearing compression arm sleeves protects your skin from scratches that you might get during sporting and outdoor activities.

Graduated Compression

The best compression garments use graduated compression. This means the pressure is greatest at the lower part of your leg or wrist and reduces further up. Graduated compression is more effective for pushing blood up your body than garments with uniform pressure — they’re also a lot less restrictive.

We hope you found this post useful and now know more about compression wear.

You can find out more about TXG’s Sports Range of Compression wear by clicking here.

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This content is provided by TXG for information purposes only. We advise anyone interested in this subject to seek qualified professional advice.

About Heather Gatland

Chief Sock Checker at TXG Socks

After finding that compression socks sped up the healing of an injury, Heather wanted to help others do the same, so founded TXG Compression Socks in Australasia in 2013. With her 6 years of ‘hands-on’ experience working with medical professionals, extensive business experience and Chartered Accountant qualification, Heather knows all the ins and outs of the compression socks market. Heather’s goal of helping baby boomers, like herself, has finally come true. Heather loves researching and sharing her findings on the TXG blog as well as enjoys supporting her customers to get back to feeling happy, energised and active.

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