30 Jun '15, 8pm

Do You Believe in Compression Socks?

It's impossible to run a double-blinded study of compression socks (and many other recovery techniques, like ice baths and massage)—you always know when you're "supposed" to benefit. One way to tease out the difference between psychological and "true" physiological gains is to ask the subjects in the study whether they think the intervention will make a difference. That allows you to check at the end of the study to see whether pre-existing beliefs affected the results. That's what researchers at the Australian Institute of Sport did for a compression sock study whose preliminary results were presented by Ned Brophy-Williams at the ACSM conference last month. They had 12 well-trained male runners perform back-to-back 5K time trials with one hour between them. They did this on two separate occasions, once while wearing compression socks during the one-hour recovery period, ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/sweat-science/do-you-believe-...

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