The influence of wearing compression stockings on performance indicators and physiological responses following a prolonged trail running exercise

  • Vercruyssen F
  • Easthope C
  • Bernard T
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The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of wearing compression socks (CS) on performance indicators and physiological responses during prolonged trail running. Eleven trained runners completed a 15.6 km trail run at a competition intensity whilst wearing or not wearing CS. Counter movement jump, maximal voluntary contraction and the oxygenation profile of vastus lateralis muscle using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) method were measured before and following exercise. Run time, heart rate (HR), blood lactate concentration and ratings of perceived exertion were evaluated during the CS and non-CS sessions. No significant difference in any dependent variables was observed during the run sessions. Run times were 5681.1 ± 503.5 and 5696.7 ± 530.7 s for the non-CS and CS conditions, respectively. The relative intensity during CS and non-CS runs corresponded to a range of 90.5-91.5% HRmax. Although NIRS measurements such as muscle oxygen uptake and muscle blood flow significantly increased following exercise (+57.7% and + 42.6%,+59.2% and + 32.4%, respectively for the CS and non-CS sessions, P

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  • Compression socks
  • muscle oxygenation
  • performance indicators
  • physiological responses
  • trail running

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  • Fabrice Vercruyssen

  • Christopher Easthope

  • Thierry Bernard

  • Christophe Hausswirth

  • Francois Bieuzen

  • Mathieu Gruet

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