Rehband’s compression tights are anatomically shaped elastic clothing with a slim fit that applies pressure to the body and designed to maximize athletes’ potential by increasing muscle coordination and receptive input. According to research, compression wear can also help athletes to recover quicker after exercise.
“The pressure input from the tights makes our brain and body more aware, which improves both muscle coordination and balance and thereby optimizing performance potential. By increasing blood circulation, the compression also helps athletes to recover faster, by removing waste products and reducing lactic acid in the muscles,” explains Mattias Göthrick, Specialist Physiotherapist at Rehband.
One study from The British Journal of Sports Medicine, following a team of elite male rugby players, found that when using compression wear the players recovered three times faster in 36 hours compared to taking no recovery measures. The study also showed that the effects of using compression wear were equivalent to that of receiving massage, cooling down with a jog or taking an ice bath following exercise.
“Athletes of all sports can benefit from using compression wear, both for recovery and performance because it helps your muscles work in synergy. This is especially useful if you are looking to reach a certain goal, like improving your speed, shooting harder or jumping higher. In fitness and team sports, as well as in weightlifting, compression wear supports you during training, ensuring that you perform movements in a more controlled and safe manner, while also helping with your recovery. For endurance sports, like marathon running or cycling, compression wear helps increase your blood circulation so that you have a slower lactic acid build up while also helping you consume less energy due to less soft tissue and muscle oscillation. The math is actually quite easy, if you can train with higher muscle control and more accurate balance then you can train harder and will be more likely to perform better in a competition, as well if you can recovery quicker you would be ready sooner for the next training session or competition and more likely to be in a better shape for that situation, which leads to less risk of injury”, Mattias explains.
At Rehband’s R&D center the team of researchers and physiotherapists has tested, refined and optimized the compression wear for several years. Every year around 1000 prototypes of different products are made and then tested in-house as well as with athletes, in order to maximize their function.
“What puts Rehband apart from other developers of compression wear is that we have our own in-house research and development team, working close together with athletes to find the most efficient solutions for compression wear on the market. We are medical professionals with advanced specialization in sports, strength & conditioning, biomechanics and understand the human body. Having medical research and knowledge in the same building means that we have a better understanding of the benefits and effects of different changes we make when developing our compression wear”, Mattias says.
“At Rehband we have a long medical heritage, and we are now developing the new generation of sport compression wear. Having been an athlete myself and have been working with athletes, including elite on international level, for many years I know how the body can sometimes have a hard time recovering after an intensive performance. Using compression wear allows you to perform better, last longer and also to recover quicker after a workout. It supports an active lifestyle,” Mattias continues.
There is still a lot of research to be done in the field, even though the amount of teams and athletes using compression wear has increased steadily during the past few years, and they are convinced of its positive aspects. Some skeptics claim that the effects of compression wear might be placebo, and that it could even be harmful to use compression wear regularly when working out.
“I am a physiotherapist, and I base my research on real results of the human body and academic published scientific research. The positive effects you will experience when using high quality compression wear are the compression component actively supporting your body, helping you to perform better and more controlled. And there is no risk associated with supporting your body and providing the best conditions when working out. In fact, in a couple of years, I would be more surprised if there are still people not using compression wear when exercising” says Mattias.
It is a highly durable compression product that helps to minimize fatigue and muscle soreness. They apply pressure to the body and are designed to be an ideal fit for an active lifestyle. The graduated compression makes your brain and body more aware of your movements, improving muscle coordination and balance. By increasing blood circulation, the compression also helps you to recover faster, by removing waste products and reducing lactic acid in the muscles.
8 benefits of using compression wear:
• Quicker recovery
• Increased blood flow
• Reduced lactic acid
• Less soreness the day after
• The applied pressure makes the brain more aware of different body parts, leading to increased muscle control and stability of the joints
• Better controlled movements means safer execution and a higher quality of the training, helping athletes excel in their sports
• Less energy consumption during work out due to less soft tissue and muscle oscillation
• The specific textiles used in compression wear give a better moisture wicking effect, helping prevent bad odor during and after a workout
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