SPORTSWEAR COMPRESSION CLOTHING EXPLAINED
LINEBREAK Compression Clothing - How It Works
Basically - by applying various levels of compression to working muscle groups directly under the skin. Compression improves blood circulation providing many benefits.
LINEBREAK compression clothing works by getting oxygen rich blood from your heart to your muscles faster which means they perform better. Getting fresh blood into the muscle means getting nasty by-products out, for example - lactic acid. This is just one way compression clothing such as tights and socks improves your performance.
Getting fresh blood supplied quicker to working muscle groups for better performance is great! But what about recovery? Again, post-exercise, getting oxygen rich blood to tired muscles is key. Similar to massage, LINEBREAK graded compression clothing promotes better blood flow to tired muscles. Better blood flow eases muscle stiffness which means faster and more effective recovery to the muscle cells. Compression is effective as a post-exercise recovery measure, because the garments tight elastic properties helps keep down some of the swelling that occurs with the blood flow. It’s recommended they be worn for a couple of hours after exercise to quicken recovery time for maximum benefit.
Besides circulation, during and post exercise, LINEBREAK compression clothing can reduce your risk of injury and extend your endurance by supporting muscles and also helping maintain good posture. For instance, during a bike ride, a compression garment can help, both in terms of your back feeling less fatigued and also provide a feeling of maintaining good posture.
In running, imagine a slow-motion video of a runner’s foot striking the ground. Imagine the downward shockwave through the thigh followed by the reverberation as the quad bounces back up. All this movement causes muscle fibres to tear. But don’t worry, this is the natural degradation of muscles that lead to fatigue. What LINEBREAK compression clothing does is act like a firm set of hands gently holding the muscle in place to reduce the shock. The better you can do that, the less damage you cause and the longer you can go for. Also, you will have caused less damage to recover from. This benefit applies to all working muscles and isn’t limited to just legs.
Often forgotten the sense of proprioception is promoted by compression clothing. Proprioception is the sense of the relative position of neighbouring parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement. The mind integrates information from proprioception and from the body vestibular system into its overall sense of body position, movement, and acceleration. Proprioception can best be described as ‘movement sense’.
As if all that wasn’t reason enough, LINEBREAK garments also control your body temperature in both hot and cold conditions. When you sweat in the heat, the fabric draws the sweat to the surface of the garment and spreads it across the entire garment to increase surface area and aid evaporation. The bigger that area is, the more efficiently you’ll be cooled (a bit like having a cool flannel over you on a hot night). In the cold, this evaporation means you’ll dry quickly if you sweat and when you’re dry, the undergarment helps keep your warmth in. Besides being comfortable, a regulated body temperature conserves energy for your sport - energy that would have otherwise been used fighting temperature fluctuations.
So there you have it - PERFORM. PROTECT. RECOVER.