Positive Effect of Lower Body Compression Garments on Subsequent 40-kM Cycling Time Trial Performance
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Kieran M. de Glanville and Michael J. Hamlin (2012). Journal of Strength Conditioning Research 26(2): 480–486.
Compression garments have become an essential part of an athlete’s recovery strategy so that they feel better and perform stronger on any subsequent training session or competition.
In this study, researchers tested just that – the ability of 14 well trained athletes to perform a 40-km cycling time trial (TT), 24 hours after completing an initial 40-km TT. The protocol was completed twice, once with the athletes wearing SKINS long tights in the recovery period between the two time trials, and once wearing a Nike non-compression base layer.
In a controlled environment, the researchers demonstrated that second 40-km TT performance was improved (faster) when using SKINS graduated compression compared to the Nike non-compression base layer placebo. This improvement resulted in a substantially higher average power output recorded (3%).
The authors concluded that the wearing of graduated compression garments during recovery is likely to be worthwhile.
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