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ACSM: Compression Tights Don't Improve Performance for Runners

While they kept muscles from vibrating, fatigue still set in, researchers found

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FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Compression tights are not effective in reducing fatigue in runners, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, held from May 30 to June 3 in Denver.

Runners were monitored while they ran on a treadmill on two different days, once with compression tights and once without.

The Ohio State University researchers found that while compression tights greatly reduce muscle vibration, they don't reduce muscle fatigue, which means they don't help runners go farther or faster.

"In our study, runners performed the same with and without compression tights," study leader Ajit Chaudhari, Ph.D., an associate professor of physical therapy, orthopedics, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering at Ohio State, said in a university news release. "There is nothing in this study that shows it's bad to wear compression tights. Every little bit of perception counts when running long distances, so they may help runners in ways we aren't able to measure."

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