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As spring rolls around the corner, athletes know that competition season kicks off. This is the season in which athletes of all ilks show off the skills of their accumulated hard work. Many local sporting events, from local CrossFit competitions, charity 5ks, to races, marathons, and triathlons, happen around the spring and early summer months. This means that many athletes are out there training for their next challenge. And that means the potential for injury widens if the proper care and recovery are not being met. So how do we play a role? We provide athletes with optimal and state-of-the-art technology in compression. MDSOX are carefully engineered and designed for proper graduated compression.
Compression and Running: How It Makes a Difference
Whether you are a marathon runner or run shorter races, there comes a time in training or competition where a little extra push can help you through that last grueling mile. This happens in long trails or hikes, where we underestimate the difficulty of the terrain or find ourselves fatigued from a week’s work.
There are several ways in which compression will improve performance when it comes to running or other sporting events. The idea behind graduated compression is to optimize blood flow at the legs to assure enough oxygen and nutrients are provided to the muscles as well as the disposal of toxins such as lactic acid. this process is essential to increase and maintain muscle’s capacity to produce energy for peak performance.
Other benefits will include:
- Protection against shin splints. The tight compression minimizes impact, helping against shin splints and promoting healing.
- Reduction in calf cramps. Nobody likes the cramps! But they happen, so one way to reduce this possibility is by utilizing the power of compression.
- Protection from swelling: Compression technology can have a great impact on limiting swelling; it’s why it is particularly effective for people who spend a long time on their feet or are up to a longer race.
- Skin protection: The special fabric will protect your skin from abrasions, excessive dryness, and other scratches on your skin.
- Warmth: When made out of good materials, compression socks can also add a lightweight layer of protection against slightly cooler temperatures. They provide some temperature control wicking properties.
Compression, CrossFit, and CrossTraining
Running is not the only athletic arena where compression has made quite the splash recently. Many cross-training athletes or CrossFit athletes have found them to be incredibly helpful for their performance and long training hours as well. CrossFit athletes will put a lot of strain on their bodies as they jump, run, climb ropes, and more. Many athletes that wear compression during and after longer races or training sessions report benefits such as:
- A reduction in soreness. Graduated compression packs the muscles in place so that it helps to reduce soreness when worn after a particularly long or grueling training session.
- A speedier recovery. Because it increases blood flow, compression gear also helps speed up the removal of waste and promotes the re-introduction of the substances muscles need to rebuild themselves after they have been torn up by a long workout and impact of jumping, running, etc.
- Increased awareness. Wrapping up those muscles also has some other benefits that are not often talked about. The mere fact of putting some added pressure on your muscles helps with stability and agility, as well as improved posture, as we are made aware of these muscles a lot more.
Tips For Choosing the Right Size
When choosing compression apparel, it is important to keep in mind that it is supposed to be tight but not uncomfortably tight. If it is too loose on your legs, it might not have the intended effect. If it is too tight that it causes pain, then you might need to go a size bigger.
What is MDSox Difference?
It’s not your average compression and it’s certainly not your average sock.
With a profound understanding of what is required for optimal leg health, our very own vascular specialist has devised the perfect combination of materials and more. When it comes to vein health, medical-grade compression that is tighter at the ankle can reduce the vein’s diameter and pushes de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. The benefits of compression exist even after the training or the race is done. Wearing compression socks after athletic training will have some of the above benefits. For many people that travel long distances and spend a lot of time on the road or on airplanes, compression apparel can make quite the difference.
Choose Medical-Grade Compression Socks
Here at MDSOX, we are dedicated to finding the best combination of materials and fabric to ensure optimized performance and recovery. If you’re looking for that extra mile in your running or CrossFit training, compression might be the secret you’re missing. Call us today!