Many people believe that the specialty apparel improves performance and enhances postexercise recovery. New findings show that wearing compression socks may also offer beneficial sensory feedback. University of Victoria researchers in British Columbia conducted a small study to evaluate the sensory effects, if any, from wearing the socks. Subjects who wore calf compression socks and the ankle sleeve experienced an altered reflex response that improved balance recovery during walking, compared with when they wore regular socks.
Investigators think the sensory feedback enhancement amplifies reflex responses via nervous system stimulation. This may have implications for the design of other types of performance apparel.
The research is reported in BMC Sports Science and Medical Rehabilitation (2021; 13 , 61).
See also: Are Compression Socks Effective?
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