Compression stockings for sports

What are compression stockings used for?

Compression stockings are useful on a daily basis for prevention or medical needs. They are less known for their stimulating effect. Still, compression stockings play an important role when you are involved in sports. They will help you improve your performance and recover during or after exercise.

Compression stockings can optimize venous return, helping blood flow back to the heart faster to replenish oxygen. Compression stockings compress tissues peripheral to the circulatory system. They keep blood from stagnating in the venous circuits of the legs, where it is more constrained than elsewhere in the body.

Why wear compression stockings during sports?

Oxygen is a vital source of energy during sports. The amount of oxygen available in your bloodstream is a key factor in your energy reserve. If you are the least bit athletic, you are the perfect candidate for wearing compression stockings or garments.

Compression has many effects. One advantage is that it prevents certain conditions.

Varicose veins and varicosities, for example, are known to impair optimal sports performance.

Three benefits of compression for athletes


Muscle vibrations during sports such as running cause micro-injuries. Compression stockings reduce these vibrations as much as possible and, by the same token, the risks of micro-injury.


Compression stockings will give you a sense of well-being and greater comfort during sports. You’ll feel more confident, and you’ll be able to practise your activities longer and perform better.


Some compression garments have a thermoregulatory effect. This significantly reduces the risk of muscles overheating during high-performance sports.

Choosing your compression stockings

There are many models of compression stockings. They come in different price ranges, styles, colours, and more.

A Médicus expert can help you find the right compression stockings for you. A certified compression garment fitter is the best person to advise you on the advantages of different products and brands. They will help you make the right choice for how you intend to use your stockings.

Consult one of our experts to make sure you choose the right product—the best one for your activities.


Validated by Annie Pépin, Compression Garment Clinician, Médicus

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