Are Compression Socks Effective?

New research tests socks on female soccer players.

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA
May 21, 2019

A study involving amateur female soccer players found that those who wore compression socks during a match experienced less game-induced fatigue than teammates who wore regular socks. Investigators evaluated fatigue by testing agility, standing heel-rise and other factors immediately after the match.

“The benefits were clearly higher with the compression stockings than with regular socks,” said study author Anthony Leicht, associate professor at James Cook University in Australia. “[Our findings] confirmed that there is a protective effect with compression stockings that may be crucial for performance in soccer matches.”

Find the study in Research in Sports Medicine (2018; doi:10.1080/15438627.2018.1527335).


Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at

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