These Help With Recovery, But Not Performance

November 5, 2013

Compression socks are getting more popular with both competitive and recreational runners. How well do they work? Ten Division III college athletes were recruited to perform a maximal treadmill run with and without this new gear. The study was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

During both of these tests, runners took on progressively more challenging 3-minute stages of increased speed and treadmill incline, with each stage separated by a minute and a half of walking. Subjects had a week to recover between tests. Although there were no significant differences in performance, blood lactate was lower for the compression sock group during recovery.

The results suggest that this type of apparel might help with recovery from exhaustive conditioning. For the latest research on incline treadmill training, check out today's Breaking News blog at