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Compression clothing has only psychological effect - study
Jun '10
Compression apparels, which are popular amongst athletes, vis-à-vis runners and basketball players, as they feel that tight-fitting garments provide a competitive edge, don't really do so, reveal two new studies, which were presented during the yearly meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, in Baltimore.

One of the studies worked on the effect of compression apparels on the consumption of oxygen by 16 trained male runners. They wore lower leg compression sleeves, socks that are worn between the ankle and knee, for a 12-minute running test. They also performed the test without the sleeves.

Although, no significant change in the consumption of oxygen was observed, but small changes were noted. For instance, four runners experienced more than 1 percent average rise in the consumption of oxygen, which indicates that they ran less efficiently. While four runners also experienced over 1 percent decrease in oxygen consumption, but no variations observed in running.

Athletes were also provided with a questionnaire, which asked them about their thoughts and feeling on compression sleeves, by Abigail Laymon, the study's lead author and a researcher in the Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University.

Athletes, who had better results while wearing the compression sleeves, were likely to be more inclined towards the apparel and thought that, their running pattern would improve further by wearing them.

However, Laymon revealed that, the compression that the compressive sleeves exerted was not that big a deal. But, psychologically it did create an impact in the wearer's mind. Thereby, it is an individual's perception and therefore, positive outcomes might also result on the same.

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