Thursday, December 25, 2008

Compression Running Socks

Dave's Running and Fitness Store

I have not heard of this until recently, but apparently more runners are racing and training in tight fitting compression socks, theoretically to enhance circulation in the lower extremities. According to this Running Times article, a study presented at the 2007 American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in New Orleans suggested there were no statistically significant differences in maximal oxygen consumption, heart rate or minute ventilation between treadmill runners who wore compression socks and those who did not. According to the study, conducted at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, subjects did, however, show a faster lactate recovery rate after exercise when wearing the compression socks, suggesting that compression socks might speed recovery after a strenuous workout or a race.

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