New research in the Institute of Training Science and Sport Informatics, examined the effects of popular graduated compression stockings on running performance in male and female competitive runners. Athletes were tested wearing different grades of graduated compression stockings on a 10 km run. Leg power, counter movement jump using a jump mat, and blood-lactate concentration levels were assessed pre and post run for each athlete. Scales were used with each athlete to assess the comfort, tightness, and any pain associated with wearing compression garments.
Researchers found no significant differences in performance time between trials worn by the competitive runners during the 10km distance. With prices for compression tights and compression clothing starting at over $100.00 more research needs to be conducted to assess the overall efficacy of these garments with a variety of athletes.