Compression is beneficial across all sports and activities, from endurance sports such as running and triathlon to high-intensity training and team sports. Studies conducted by the AIS and other world-leading research teams show performance and recovery benefits for participants of all abilities across a huge range of sports, but most specifically for those involving high levels of fatigue or soreness. Wearing compression is an effective way to warm up the muscles before exercise, as the garment pressure increases muscle temperature. Faster muscle warm-up helps athletes achieve optimal flexibility and muscle firing prior to a workout.
During exercise, compression aids performance by increasing blood flow to the muscles and reducing muscle movement and micro-tears, which minimises muscle fatigue, soreness and the risk of injury.
Recovery is one of the most beneficial applications of compression, and one of the most widely studied. Wearing compression post-exercise reduces swelling and increases fluid removal via improved blood flow. Another post-exercise benefit of compression is faster muscle repair and removal of toxins from the bloodstream. Experts recommend wearing compression as soon as possible after a workout and leaving it on for at least an hour, or as long as possible – some athletes even choose to sleep in compression.