Compression wear in sports is a common topic amongst runners. A quick online search reveals a wide choice of sports compression products – of varying prices and quality! Despite this wealth of choice, the benefits and price differences remain a mystery for most runners. There are plenty of anecdotal product user reviews, but the ‘what, why and when’ is still pseudo-science for most of us. “Should I be using compression? Or just carry on buying multi-packs of sports socks, which last a couple months at most? After all, they do the job a sports sock is meant to do, right?”.
CEP is a sports compression brand. CEP’s parent company is medi gmbH and they make medical compression products at their own state-of-the-art factory facility in Germany. Medi has over 60 years of research, development and medical expertise in the subject. They realised some 10 years ago that a collaboration with athletes and sports medicine specialists would bring the benefits of compression to athletes. The physical benefits are one aspect, but there are huge morale boosting benefits to staying injury free and recovering well in between training sessions.
Performance & Energy
Correctly compressed muscles and veins work more efficiently when lactic acid and other waste products are removed by the venous system. A steady supply of fresh oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood boosts energy. Gravity pull in the legs is powerful, so circulation is constantly working against this. Revitalised muscles mean better energy levels for satisfying training sessions. Prone to cramps? The swift removal of lactic acid helps reduce, and eliminate, cramps. Muscle fatigue and soreness is reduced after hard training sessions – a massive benefit to runners. This boost to training and morale makes a positive impact on progress.
Muscle and joint support and proprioception in training are fundamental. Injury is physically, mentally and emotionally tough. Matt Davey, Brand Manager for CEP Sports knows from the medical research behind CEP products that “The brain sub-consciously ‘tunes in’ to muscle activity. Additional proprioceptive awareness increases muscle responsiveness and control on uneven ground and other training surfaces. This helps reduce the risk of injury.”
By compressing the calf muscles recovery time is reduced between training sessions. How? By encouraging waste products away from muscles and by channelling back nutrient rich blood. Compression prevents the blood pooling in the lower legs, which increases fatigue and slows down recovery. Purpose designed Recovery Socks or Recovery Tights counteract this and can be worm under clothes.
Uncomfortable training kit is at best distracting, at worst painful! Compression socks are wrinkle free and don’t slip fit – so no blisters! A padded foot provides extra comfort. State of the art yarns ensure rapid moisture wicking so that cold, damp feeling will not hamper your training session and heat will not become intolerable.
High tech yarns and knitting techniques mean a low maintenance, durable, quick-drying compression product which is both cost and time effective. Your first experience of compression can start with a low-cut sock where compression supports the foot structure and you will experience compression comfort.