Compression Socks and Athletes
I hadn’t done much research on the benefits of compression gear although I am a big believer in it for recovery now. I just knew that they were bright and quality and I wanted something to focus on other than my marathon pain, so I snagged them at the expo.
To sum up how I feel about compression socks, it is like a very small person giving your leg a hug. And after 20 plus miles on a flat road or a steep trail incline, I can use all the hugs I can get.
It was that race where I fell in love with compression socks. And because I have a number of friends that work in high fashion and are always explaining the necessity of quality craftsmanship (while eyeing up my H&M tshirt…), I strive for quality in things that matter.
I have done my research. I have tried other companies and raced without the socks and it all comes back to the fact that if the distance is a marathon or over, I want to wear compression and I want it to be CEP.
Backed by medi’s 60+ years of experience, CEP uses the science behind medical compression to help athletes maximize performance and recovery. For the athlete, improving arterial blood flow is the key to peaking performance. CEP compression socks apply consistent compression to the calf, allowing the arterial walls to relax and the flow of oxygen-rich blood to increase by up to 40%. More oxygen means more power during performance and a faster recovery.
Graduated medical grade compression that is tighter at the ankle improves vein health by reducing the veins’ diameter and pushing de-oxygenated blood back to the heart.
So those are the facts. Now for my feelings.
I love the colours that CEP socks come in. I especially love the Canadian socks that they have created so I can proudly show off my citizenship while racing internationally.
I am a cross country and downhill skier in the winter and I love their winter line of compression gear for the added support and minimizing blistering and chafing.
I use their braces for my knees and ankles when I am feeling an overuse injury coming on.
I sleep in the socks and I use them as a fashion statement.
Recently, there was a race photo taken of me without my socks on because I normally don’t wear them for anything less than a marathon unless I need the support and someone joked that they didn’t recognize me because I wasn’t wearing neon socks.
Do you wear compression gear? Why or why not?