If you’re a runner looking to improve your speed, you may have considered applying a compression garment to your pelvis and core area. Applying compression garments to the body is a relatively new technology, but it could be the key to unlocking your running performance and power potential.
What Exactly Is Compression?
Compression is a type of fabric technology that is designed to apply pressure to the body while still allowing your skin to breathe. It is based on the concept that applying pressure to certain areas of the body can increase muscle stability and improve athletic performance.
How Does Compression Help Speed and Power?
Applying compression to the pelvis and core area can help to improve your running form, stability, and biomechanics. When the muscles in your pelvis and core are properly supported, your body will be able to move more efficiently and therefore improve your speed. Additionally, the compression helps to reduce fatigue by minimizing fatigue-causing vibrations and muscle oscillation. This reduction of energy expenditure can result in more energy being available for power output and speed.
Compression for Injury Prevention
Compression technology is also great for injury prevention. When used correctly, compression can help reduce the risk of common running injuries such as hamstring strains, groin pulls, and lower back strains. Additionally, compression garments can provide support to your core and back muscles, which helps to improve posture and maintain proper form while running.
Making Compression Part of Your Training
You can incorporate compression garments into your training in a variety of ways. Wearing compression garments before and after your runs helps to reduce muscle soreness, improve your recovery time, and improve your running performance. Additionally, wearing compression during your workouts can help you maintain correct form and create a sense of stability, making it easier to practice drills and exercises effectively.
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