Compression for Muscle Soreness

The recommended treatment for an injury is RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation. A recent study from Ball State University shows just how important compression really is.

All athletic training is done by taking a hard workout on one day, feeling sore on the next, and taking easy workouts until the soreness goes away and only then does the athlete take an other hard workout. Previous studies show that elevation and ice do not help prevent this delayed onset muscle soreness. This study shows that wearing a compressive sleeve over the heavily exercised muscles for five days helps prevent delayed onset muscle soreness. That means that compressive sleeves will improve athletic performance. If other studies confirm these findings, compressive sleeves will be worn by competitive athletes because anything that increases the number of hard workouts will make an athlete stronger, faster and better in his sport.

Influence of compression therapy on symptoms following soft tissue injury from maximal eccentric exercise. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 2001, Vol 31, Iss 6, pp 282-290. WJ Kraemer, JA Bush, RB Wickham, CR Denegar, AL Gomez, LA Gotshalk, ND Duncan, JS Volek, M Putukian, WJ Sebastianelli Address: Kraemer WJ, Ball State Univ, Human Performance Lab, Muncie,IN 47306 USA

Checked 8/9/08

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