Compression Clothing has a Significant Impact on Athletic Performance and
Zensah research found a direct correlation between using compression clothing and increased
performance and faster recovery time
(PRWEB) June 9, 2010 -- A new study by Zensah Research has found that lower leg compression sleeves has a
significant impact on a runners performance, improving running economy and running efficiency. The study also
found that calf compression sleeves do have an effect on running mechanics by making the calf a “stiffer spring”
thereby reducing ground contact time and improving efficiency.
Harvard University graduate, and endurance competitor, Eric LaHaie said, “I don’t travel without Zensah
compression socks. The compression leg sleeves give me support for mountain marathons.” Eric has competed in
such races as the Gobi March, a 150 mile race across the Gobi Desert in China.
Over the past 6 years Zensah Research has examined the effects of compression clothing and specifically lower
leg compression sleeves and their effect on athletic performance and recovery. The study was done in the perfect
lab, the great outdoors. Athletes from ultra runners to elite triathletes tested compression clothing over thousands
of miles, and hours and over variable conditions.
“From the data we collected we found what many studies have found in the past, compression clothing does
improve athletic performance” stated company spokesman Ryan Oliver. "It was very important that the athletes
be tested in real world environments. Running on a treadmill for 4 minutes, in a controlled lab, at a university is
ineffective. We were committed to do a methodical study with a large data pool, and that is exactly what we did.”
Athletes found they could go longer wearing either compression leg sleeves or compression socks.
Recovery time was significantly reduced
Runners found less tightness in their calves after endurance runs, and improvement in ailments such as
shin splints, and tendinitis.