The month-long 2014 World Cup drew to a close yesterday. I personally was rooting for Costa Rica, but firstly, I knew that they didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell in winning over the Netherlands, and secondly, I don’t actually feel any allegiance to Costa Rica. The decision was based purely on a Buzzfeed quiz. They did make it further than anyone expected, so all in all not a bad choice.
One notable garment that featured largely in the World Cup was – you guessed it – compression socks. And that brought up the age-old compression debate: does compression technology contribute to athletic performance, and if so, how does it contribute?
This argument has gone back and forth many times over the past couple of years, and athletic compression has staunch advocates as well as skeptic doubters. Australia’s Charles Stuart University decided to settle the question once and for all. After conducting a controlled experiment with cricket players in Australia, they determined that while compression socks didn’t enhance any of the athletes’ performance during the game, they contributed significantly to recovery afterward. Muscle soreness was relieved more quickly, and exercise-related trauma was substantially reduced.