International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences Vol. 2(2), pp. 15 - 18
DOI: 10.13189/saj.2014.020201
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Efficacy of Compression Socks to Enhance Recovery in Distance Athletes


Lauran Fletcher 1, Scot Raab 2, Sonya Sanderson 1,*, Luke Vargo 1
1 Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, 31698, GA, United States
2 Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, 86011, AZ, United States

ABSTRACT

The aim of the present study was to examine the effect graduated compression socks had on lower leg muscle swelling and soreness after a 2 hour (hr) run at a speed eliciting a heart rate (HR) 10-15% lower than their HR at lactate threshold established during a baseline assessment. Compression socks were worn during the run and for 8 hrs after the completion of the run. Baseline lower extremity (LE) volumes were measured using water displacement prior, immediately post and 24 hrs after the 2 hr run. Muscle discomfort was measured using an algometry prior to the 2 hr run and approximately 24 hrs after. Compression socks decreased LE volume measurements during and after long distance running in moderately trained distance runners but insignificantly. They also limited muscle soreness, but insignificantly. The results of this study support that compression stockings fail to enhance performance.

KEYWORDS
Compression Socks, Compression Garments, Edema, Exercise

Cite this paper
Lauran Fletcher , Scot Raab , Sonya Sanderson , Luke Vargo (2014). Efficacy of Compression Socks to Enhance Recovery in Distance Athletes. International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 2 , 15 - 18. doi: 10.13189/saj.2014.020201.