Compression Socks for Athletes

TheraSport Athletic Compression Socks

A growing trend among competitive athletes is the use of compression socks to help improve performance. Compression therapy is a hot topic in sports media right now as a growing number of triathletes, marathon runners and professional sport athletes are trying compression socks to improve their performance and recovery.

However, compression socks aren’t just for the professionals. Tons of weekend warriors and gym-goers swear by them. Whether you wear compression during your workout to keep your legs energized, afterwards to promote muscle recovery, or even while traveling, athletes are making graduated compression socks part of their everyday attire.

A number of sock manufacturers are claiming to offer “compression” socks for athletic use. Unfortunately, many of these so-called “compression” socks do not have true graduated compression. Instead, they may feature a tight foot band, bright colors or vertical stripes, plus a wide variety of other useless features meant to imply foot or leg support. Make sure to look for a compression level, measured in mmHg (millimeters of mercury) when you’re buying compression socks. Compression socks should also be knee high length to get full benefits of compression.

Compression Socks For Performance

Athletic compression socks are designed to improve circulation, reduce fatigue and prevent injury like shin splints. For performance, athletes tend to wear 20-30 mmHg compression socks for longer endurance and to support muscles and ligaments. Many athletic performance socks are made from moisture-wicking fabric to keep your feet cool and dry. Socks that are woven with copper or silver are anti-microbial to prevent odor and bacteria so your feet smell fresh after your workout.

Here are some of our favorite athletic performance socks:

Sigvaris Merino Outdoor Compression SocksThe Sigvaris Outdoor Performance Sock is made with Australian Merino wool, which is anti-microbial, itch-free and absorbs moisture to keep your feet dry while exercising. Despite popular belief, compression socks made with wool are very soft and not only keep your legs warm in the colder months, but will also keep your legs cool in the summer too!

 

Jobst Sport Compression SocksJobst Sport Compression Socks for men and women are lightweight, breathable and soft. These socks also provide moisture control and help to prevent odor to keep your legs fresh and comfortable. Made with a padded foot to absorb impact, these socks are especially great for runners.

 

 

TheraSport Compression Leg SleevesIf you’re looking for lots of color options, the TheraSport Performance Compression Socks are designed with moisture-wicking, anti-microbial fabric and features a cushioned heel and foot to reduce impact. These socks are made for men and women for maximum endurance and energy. TheraSport Compression is also available in calf sleeves.

 

Compression Socks For Recovery

After a grueling workout, put on a pair of 15-20 mmHg compression socks to flush out lactic acid from your muscles. This speeds up muscle recovery and helps to reduce fatigue and swelling. After a marathon or tough gym workout, compression socks will have your legs feeling great the very next day. Wear compression socks for at least a couple of hours after physical activity, but do not sleep in compression socks unless your doctor tells you otherwise – not all compression garments are safe to sleep in.

Here are some of our favorite compression socks for recovery:

Allegro Recovery Compression Socks in BlackThe Allegro Athletic Recovery Sock is one of our best selling athletic socks. Designed for men and women in 4 colors from a super soft material that will sooth your legs and make them feel better in no time – even after a tough workout! These socks feature a ribbed pattern so you can wear them to work or while running errands for continued recovery.

 

 

TheraSport Athletic Compression SocksTheraSport also makes an Athletic Recovery Sock and Recovery Leg Sleeves for men and women. These come in a variety of colors and provide graduated compression to increase circulation and reduce inflammation to help your muscles heal faster.

 

Sigvaris Recovery Compression Socks
Sigvaris Athletic Recovery Socks are made with DriRelease and FreshGuard to eliminate odor and moisture. These compression socks are great to wear during your workout or afterwards to relieve delayed muscle soreness. Designed for men and and women to flush out lactic acid to reduce fatigue and swelling.

 

 

Athletic Leg Sleeves

Sigvaris Performance Leg SleevesCalf sleeves are also great to wear while exercising if you want to wear your favorite pair of ankle socks or shoes. Compression leg sleeves come in a variety of colors and patterns in 15-20 and 20-30 mmHg. These are also great to wear everyday with a pair of open toe shoes or flip flops for continued recovery. Many athletes wear calf sleeves while working out to stabilize and support muscles and to prevent shin splints.

Who can benefit from athletic compression socks?

Performance socks and sleeves are great for marathons, triathlons, biking, golfing, crossfit, and working out at the gym. Compression socks also benefit skiers and snowboarders who are on the slopes for long days. A study in the Journal of Sports Sciences found that 86% of participants reported NO muscle fatigue and soreness after extended strenuous activity when they wore compression socks, compared to only 7% that felt no muscle fatigue after wearing regular socks.

Athletic compression socks are the new fitness essential for everyone from dedicated competitors to the occasional exerciser. Whether you want to get in shape or are looking to gain a competitive edge, compression will help you surpass your fitness goals in no time.

Check out BrightLife Go for more athletic compression socks and sleeves.

Pete@BrightLife Direct
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New TheraSport Athletic Socks – Review

Just so everyone is clear – I am a very reluctant runner and probably not a very good one, but I want to be better! I really like the idea of running. No special equipment needed, no extra travel time to the gym or studio, and no set schedule – you can go whenever you’re free and go for as long as you want. In reality, though, it’s a real mental struggle for me to force myself into my sneakers and out the door!

Last night was a perfect example of my typical running struggle. I was exhausted from a long week and hadn’t had a chance to get to the gym – so I knew I should go for a run. I also had a new pair of TheraSport socks I needed to test out and it was beautiful, sunny and relatively cool outside. After stalling for a while on the phone with my sister, I eventually got my gear on.These socks have a lot of stretch to them, so they’re easy to get on. Absolutely dreading the actual running part of running, I did a photo shoot first. They’re great looking socks!

TheraSport Run Sock TheraSport Running Sock

Than I told myself, if I just got to the National Cathedral – my favorite running destination – I’d let myself walk the rest of the way home (internal bargaining with myself is very effective). Off I went – and surprisingly, after about half a mile, I felt really great! Here’s why:

  1. I have a really high arch and often my feet start hurting during my runs because I don’t have enough support to this part of my foot. This sock has compression across the foot to provide support to the arch – I could feel it as soon as I put the sock on and my feet were comfortable the entire run.
  2. I wore the 20-30 mmHg compression socks which are designed for performance. My legs felt fresh and energized during the entire run with this compression level.
  3. The socks have ventilated areas to keep my legs cool, so I didn’t immediately overheat in the 80 degree DC weather. A lot of people struggle to wear knee high socks when they run in the summer – you won’t feel the heat in these.

I got to the National Cathedral and took the break that I promised myself and pictures to prove that I made it there.

TheraSport and National Cathedral

After resting for about 10 minutes, I still felt great, so I ran all the way home too. All in all, I did a total of 3.4 miles, which is pretty impressive for me (having let about 2 weeks go by since my last run). I was expecting to be sore this morning from overdoing it a bit, but I feel completely rested. I did keep the socks on for about an hour after my run to get the maximum recovery benefits. If you can resist the urge to jump in the shower right after you run – I definitely recommend it. Otherwise, shower and put a new pair of compression socks on so you can help your legs recover.

Check them out on our site – they’re available in 15-20 mmHg and 20-30 mmHg. They’re 10% off until Monday night with coupon code SPORT10.

2XU – Two Times You

2XU is one of, if not the most popular, running and performance compression sock on the market.  They use the best quality yarns to knit a sock that is extremely comfortable and durable.

My first 2XU wear test – style: MA2442e Performance Run Socks for Men

2xu-for-blogFriday 8am: Today I’m going to sit behind a desk for 8 hours.  I take the socks out of the box, which is pretty cool by the way, and put them on.  There’s a right and left foot, and I get it right!  Very soft, great elasticity, and a perfect length.  If the foot feels this comfortable at the end of the day, I’m going to love these socks.

Friday 7:30pm:  Have barely thought about my socks all day, a sign of real comfort.  The top band is exactly where I placed it getting dressed in the morning.  Legs feel great, feet are dry.  No wrinkling over the instep, a problem I have with a lot of compression stockings.

Saturday: Laundry day

Sunday 8:30am:  It’s supposed to be partly sunny today, with highs in the 60’s, and rather humid. Have a full day of activities planned with our Security Chief, Oslo.  Time to give the 2XU’s another try.  We go to the Dupont Farmer’s Market, S Street dog park, and paint store before lunch.  After a burrito and kibble, it’s time for a hike in Rock Creek Park.

Oslo the schnauzer in Rock Creek ParkSunday 6pm:  2XU will be added to the socks I wear on a regular basis.  I don’t run, but do lead a very active life, and compression socks make my legs feel better.

Follow-up:  I wore another pair of 2XU yesterday.  If I could, I’d be barefoot all day.  The foot portion on these socks is so comfortable, I don’t notice it…as close to barefoot as I can get at the office.  The compression is on the high side.  2XU are rated at 18-30mmHg, and this definitely feels like a 20-30mmHg compression stocking.  Great elasticity in the length.  These socks would comfortably fit someone with a leg a couple of inches shorter or longer than mine.