Compression tights can be a divisive topic, with some people claiming they perform far better when using them during or after training and others saying they find them restrictive.
The scientific evidence as to whether they can actually improve athletic performance or recovery is mixed. But some athletes swear by compression clothing.
So here, Built for Athletes has listed five potential benefits of compression tights.Strain Prevention
Compression tights can help to move blood from lower-body muscles back up to the heart. This increases the speed at which metabolic waste products are cleared during dynamic exercises such as running, which can decrease pain and strain of the muscles. Increased Jumping Ability & Power
Research published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
found that wearing compression clothing after exercise can decrease the amount of time it takes to regain peak vertical jumping ability after heavy exercise. This suggests that if you have a tight turnaround between sessions, you could improve leg power output in your second workout by wearing tights in between.Mental Boost
While the exact way that compression clothing works is debated, some people find they feel they are able to perform better in weight lifting or aerobic activity by wearing it. Whether this is down to comfort or some form of placebo effect, wearing compression tights could improve your ability to push your body.Improved Muscle Oxygenation
Compression clothing aim to increase blood flow which therefore improves oxygenation of muscles. A study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
found that calf oxygenation was increased by the use of compression tights, for example. A greater oxygen supply will mean that muscles are able to function better. Faster Recovery
There have been multiple studies that suggest compression clothing could speed up recovery, including the research on jumping ability already mentioned. Again, this is thought to be because of an increase in blood flow. So if you enjoy experimenting with new ways to improve your recovery, compression tights could be worth a try.