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Do Compression Socks Really Work?

Do Compression Socks Really Work? By Kelly O'Mara Published 11 hours ago comments Tweet Share Share Print The evidence appears anecdotal, but the perceived recovery benefits can’t be denied. It doesn’t take much to convince runners to jump on the latest trend promising faster marathons and quicker recovery. With manufacturers claiming compression socks and tights increase oxygen delivery, decrease lactic acid, prevent cramps, and minimize muscle fatigue, the wonder garments have been the hottest new item in athletic circles. But, whether or not the socks and tights deliver as promised has been an open question – one even researchers don’t have a clear answer for. “There is no doubt that many runners trust compression garments,” said Ajmol Ali, a PhD in the Sports and Exercise Science Department of Massey University. Ali has conducted a number of studies on the garments wit...

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