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Are the Tight Socks Worth it?

Lately, there seems to have been a huge surge behind wearing compression clothing. Even as a techno-savvy triathlete, the compression clothing was something I always wondered about. Mainly, on whether the extent that some of my fellow endurance athletes wear this is even warranted. Sure, I have a pair of socks that I wear after long training sessions, or tough races, but does it really work? Finally, some great research has been published, and the answer is “yes.”

The study performed by Jakeman and Byrne, et al. was published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. It showed positive key findings in women who wore lower extremity compression clothing, after intense exercise that could potentially lead to exercise-induced muscle damage. Perceived muscle soreness was reduced, and squat jump height, counter-movement jump height, and isokinetic muscle strength all saw positive results.

If you’re training clients that train at high intensity levels, and have limited time to rest between sessions, consider recommending compression wear. It will help them recover at a faster rate, and may help prevent injury as well.

Compression is warranted after intense activity that may lead to exercise induced muscle damage.


  1. Jakeman, J. R., C. Byrne, et al. Lower limb compression garment improves recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage in young, active females. European Journal of Applied Physiology 109(6): 1137-1144, 2010.
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DeWayne Smith, MS, NASM-CES, PES, FNS

DeWayne Smith, MS, NASM-CES, PES, FNS

DeWayne A. Smith, holds a Master’s of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with an emphasis in Sport Psychology from the California University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from Concord University in West Virginia. He holds the NASM CES, PES, FNS, GFS, WLS credentials, and was the lead creator and contributor of the Youth Exercise Specialization (YES). In addition, he’s contributed thousands of answers to the Sharecare.com initiative, and continues to write for his own website http://fitness-for-everyone.com.

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