At first glance it may not look terribly different to other sportswear; very tight- fitting and manufactured from high-tech fabrics. However, the structure is rather more complex in that the support is graduated, rather like the support stockings people are encouraged to wear on long haul flights.
Compression clothing is targeted at improving performance and reducing recovery times by improving blood circulation thanks to the structure of the fabrics. Sports science research has shown that compression clothing can help the recovery process thanks to greater efficiency in blood flow. This is backed up anecdotally on-line, on forums covering everything from body-building, long-distance running to ski-ing.
Wearers say that they feel a definite improvement in recovery. It seems to help reduce lactic acid build-up; it reduces muscle fatigue; and it’s more comfortable, supportive and insulating than other sports clothing. Compression gear also reduces chaffing and is very effective in absorbing and wicking away sweat from the body so that you are not left with soggy clothes during your workout. Users also report that they wear compression clothing to support injured parts of the body, especially the legs, during exercise.