Research conducted by the Centre of Expertise for Health and Fitness in Germany on the effect of 2XU compression wear "clearly suggest that endurance performance is optimised by the wearing of compressive garments.” So how does it actually work?
Modern compression gear uses 'graduated technology' constructed from specially designed seams and panels. This means that it puts the most pressure on your extremities such as your wrists and ankles and gradually reduces this pressure towards your heart.
This technology delivers a controlled amount of pressure, in all the key places, to improve your venous return - the rate of fresh, oxygenated blood to your muscles and deoxygenated blood back to the heart - and reduce lactic acid.
Studies by one of the leading compression brands CEP, whose medical led engineering has over 60 years of research and development, found that consistent pressure applied by their products improves the flow of oxygenated blood by up to 40%.
While the study on 2XU showed that “compression garments not only have the potential to optimise performance…they also have a central role to play in the recovery process.” This is because compression gear wraps and supports your key muscles to reduce movement and focus direction for less oscillation (vibration) reducing your soft tissue damage. SKINS compression found that not only does this help you recover faster but their runners “demonstrated that they used less energy when running at a sub-maximal speed. They were more economical and efficient” concluding that the stability and control helps you run further, for longer, and with less effort.