Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Recovery Benefits of Compression

Compression helps stabilize muscle tissue after a tough training session or strenuous competition, keeping the swelling and inflammation of muscle fibers at a micro and manageable level - this allows the muscles to rebuild themselves. Compression lets the athlete wake up the next day feeling fresh and rejuvenated instead of feeling the aches and pains typically associated with post-workout muscle fatigue and stress. This is how athletes get better, faster and stronger. Gravity can cause a build-up of fluid and metabolic waste in the muscles and surrounding tissue, especially after exercise, which increases swelling and increases recovery time. Exercise causes muscle damage, including micro-tears leading to inflammation. Compression helps reduce inflammation that might slow down the recovery process and therefore helps reduce Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).

Benefits of Wearing Compression Garments:

o Improved Circulation – faster warm up and recovery. When the blood can travel through your body faster the muscles will get the needed fuel quicker and reduce fatigue.
o Reduced Recovery Time due to the improved circulation muscles have less lactic acid build up thus reducing soreness and allowing you to train harder.
o Increased Endurance the tightness of the clothing decreases vibration of muscles thus increasing your ability to train and race longer.
o UV Protection – UPF 50+ protection from the sun´s harmful rays – while training and racing.

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