The following guidelines are based on current knowledge and patterns of use

  • Duration: generally the longer an athlete can wear compression after exercise, the better
  • Sizing: garments must be fitted correctly to ensure best fit
  • Current research suggests that full length tights or lower limb-garments are the most effective
  • Garment care: Place all compression garments in a laundry bag or hand wash, do not use a hot water wash or fabric softener, do not put compression garments in a dryer, and take care putting the garments on – work them up the leg rather than just pulling from the top

There are a lot of apparel that markets itself as “compression” but is has little compressive effect. These may “feel” tight, but that does not mean it is compressive.