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Footballers and runners - How to stay injury free and improve performance

Running is an excellent form of exercise that provides numerous physical and mental benefits. However, like any other physical activity, running can also lead to discomfort, pain, and injuries. That's where medical compression comes in. Medical compression to the core and pelvis during running can have a positive effect on performance and injury prevention.

Compression garments are designed to provide a firm, yet comfortable, squeeze to specific areas of the body, such as the legs, hips, pelvis and core. Compression garments for runners are typically made of a elasticized, moisture-wicking material that conforms to the body's shape. The compression fabric is designed to create pressure on the muscles and blood vessels, improving circulation, reducing muscle fatigue and soreness, and supporting the core and pelvis muscles.

However, for runners who are looking to take their performance to the next level, there are many training techniques and strategies that can be used to improve running speed and efficiency. One such technique is medial compression of the pelvis, which may help runners to run faster and reduce the risk of injuries.

What is Medial Compression of the Pelvis?

Medial compression refers to the application of pressure on the central part of a structure or body part. This pressure can be applied using different techniques, such as compression garments, taping, or manual therapy. Medial compression is often used in the management of swelling and inflammation in the affected area. It can also provide support and stability to the injured or weakened tissues, promoting healing and preventing further damage.

 This can be achieved through the use of compression shorts or tights that provide targeted compression to the inner thighs and pelvic region. The goal of medial compression is to improve the stability and alignment of the pelvis during the running stride.

The pelvis plays a critical role in running mechanics. It acts as a bridge between the upper and lower body, transferring forces from the legs to the trunk and arms. A stable and aligned pelvis can help runners to transfer these forces more efficiently, resulting in a more powerful and efficient stride.

The pelvic muscles also play a role in maintaining pelvic stability. The pelvic floor muscles, in particular, help to support the pelvic organs and stabilize the pelvis during movement. Weakness or dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles can lead to a variety of problems, including incontinence, pelvic pain, and reduced athletic performance.

Supacore has developed their scientific Coretech® shorts and tights with a patented waistband to stabilize and support the pelvis.

Runners and footballers have benefitted enormously by using this technology for both injury recovery/ prevention and enhancing performance.

Medical compression to the pelvis and core can assist with running in several ways:

1. Improved blood flow: Compression garments can improve blood flow to the muscles, reducing fatigue and allowing you to run longer and faster.

2. Reduced muscle vibration: Compression garments can also reduce muscle vibration during running, which can help to reduce muscle soreness and fatigue.

3. Enhanced stability: Compression garments can provide additional support and stability to the pelvis and core, which can help to improve your running form and reduce the risk of injury.

4. Increased proprioception: Compression garments can also enhance your proprioception, which is your body's ability to sense its position in space. This can help you to maintain proper form and balance while running, reducing the risk of falls or other accidents.

Overall, medical compression to the pelvis and core can be beneficial for runners by improving blood flow, reducing muscle soreness and fatigue, enhancing stability, and increasing proprioception. However, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine if medical compression is appropriate for your individual needs and conditions.

Footballers can also benefit from the use of medical compression shorts with strong pelvic compression. Football involves a lot of running, jumping, changing direction and twisting, which can put a lot of strain on the pelvis/groin and surrounding muscles. Medical grade, body mapped compression shorts with strong pelvic compression can provide support to the pelvis and core, which can help to improve stability and reduce the risk of injury.



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