Are Compression Stockings Good For Athletes?

Jan 15, 2018

Are Compression Stockings Good For Athletes?

If there’s one stigma that surrounds compression stockings, it’s that they’re only for elderly individuals who live a primarily sedentary lifestyle. And because athletes are clearly active, it may sound a bit absurd to think that they could actually benefit from wearing compression stockings. However, recent research and studies show otherwise. Let’s take a closer look.

The main goal of compression stockings is to encourage the healthy blood flow of blood to and from the veins— which for patients suffering from varicose veins can be a real lifesaver. Recent studies show that compression stockings also increases the circulation to the muscles which ultimately results in an increased amount of cellular oxygenation which allows athletes to not only perform better but to recover faster as well.

So, imagine an Olympic runner who runs miles upon miles every day in order to compete at an optimal level. Their muscles not only are placed at a higher amount of strain than the average person, but they aren’t given the time they need to recuperate after every day. By wearing compression stockings not only after a workout but during the workout, the increased amount of oxygen that’s flowing in and out of their veins gives them the ability they need to work out better and longer.

Compression stockings aren’t just for your grandparents. In fact, if you are an avid runner or athlete, then wearing compression stockings may actually help your performance. Additionally, if you suffer from a vein disease like varicose veins, compression stockings can help you find comfort and relief.

Want to learn more about compression stockings or schedule an appointment? Contact Dr. Heeringa at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists today!

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