How Compression Apparel Works

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Mar 13, 2013
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Expedited Recovery

How it works: By creating extra blood flow, wearing compression after exercise is purported to expedite the removal of metabolic waste and re-introduce the substances muscles require to rebuild.

Does it really happen?

There is some research to support countless anecdotes from athletes and air travelers who claim their legs feel fresher after wearing compression. Scientists at the University of Exeter measured recovery with three strength exercises conducted one, two, three and four days after soreness-inducing plyometric exercise. They found that wearing compression for 24 hours following exercise improved performance in all three strength tests and reduced the soreness perceived by the subjects.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at

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