Originally Posted by wikke1
This is a serious question.
Why do so many players wear compression shorts these days?
I've seen the following players wear them (some often, some always):
- DEL POTRO
You see them more and more.
I really wonder, why?!
I can imagine them not playing with some loose boxers, but why compression short?
That doesn't seem comfortable either
Has it to do with avoiding cramps etc. or supporting msucles or ???
Personnaly, I want to burn them, I'm just curious as to why they are so popular?
The must have some use then, surely...
Maybe someone active on twitter could ask this to some of the players?
I'm awaiting your answers in agony
Ok, so I did a little research just now, and this is what I found
-For any sport that involves a good degree of running and jogging, or jumping, there is a great deal of load and pressure that is exerted on the thighs and on the upper leg muscles. This point is further accentuated in the sport of cycling (in spite of it not involving either running or jumping). It is important to maintain the leg muscles in an optimum working condition
so that the athletes are able to perform to their maximum potential. Compression shorts aim to do just that.
-Thanks to their material, they apply a uniform compressive force all over the thigh and leg muscles and keep them in place. This minimizes any wastage of athlete's effort
and energy on account of improper muscle positioning or movement.
-Many a time, an athlete may pull a hamstring or may suffer from muscle pain
or any other thigh-related injury due to improper cushioning or support to the thigh muscles. Using a suitable pair of compression shorts can reduce the chances of such incidents.
-Compression shorts also protect the thigh and groin from rubbing against each other
and in the process, causing skin rashes or reddening of the skin due to friction.
Thanks to the compact support and firmness that the compression shorts offer, many athletes find them to be a good way of improving their performance in their respective sport.
-Certain types of compression shorts are also able to provide odor protection
. At the same time, they are designed to transfer sweat and moisture faster from the skin to the outer surface of the fabric.
-Compression shorts also aid in faster muscle recovery
during the 'cooling down' period at the end of an athlete's workout or training session.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/compr...-benefits.html
Pffff, I still hate them