Long-term effects of graduated compression stockings on cardiorespiratory performance

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Title: Long-term effects of graduated compression stockings on cardiorespiratory performance
Authors: Priego Quesada, José Ignacio | Lucas Cuevas, Ángel G. | Aparicio, Inmaculada | Giménez, José Vicente | Cortell-Tormo, Juan M. | Pérez-Soriano, Pedro
Research Group/s: Grupo de Investigación en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte (GICAFD)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Didáctica General y Didácticas Específicas
Keywords: Physiology | Respiratory parameters | Running | Oxygen consumption | Heart rate | Exercise test
Knowledge Area: Didáctica de la Expresión Corporal
Issue Date: 24-Apr-2015
Publisher: Institute of Sport (Warsaw)
Citation: Biology of Sport. 2015, 32(3): 219-223. doi:10.5604/20831862.1150304
Abstract: The use of graduated compression stockings (GCS) in sport has been increasing in the last years due to their potential positive effects for athletes. However, there is little evidence to support whether these types of garments actually improve cardiorespiratory performance. The aim of this study was to examine the cardiorespiratory responses of GCS during running after three weeks of regular use. Twenty recreational runners performed three tests on different days: test 1) – a 5-min maximal effort run in order to determine the participants’ maximal aerobic speed; and tests 2) and 3) – a fatigue running test of 30 minutes at 80% of their maximal aerobic speed with either GCS or PLACEBO stockings at random. Cardiorespiratory parameters (minute ventilation, heart rate, relative oxygen consumption, relative carbon dioxide production, ventilatory equivalents for oxygen and carbon dioxide, and oxygen pulse) were measured. Before each test in the laboratory, the participants trained with the randomly assigned stockings (GCS or PLACEBO) for three weeks. No significant differences between GCS and PLACEBO were found in any of the cardiorespiratory parameters. In conclusion, the present study provides evidence that running with GCS for three weeks does not influence cardiorespiratory parameters in recreational runners.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/46714
ISSN: 0860-021X (Print) | 2083-1862 (Online)
DOI: 10.5604/20831862.1150304
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © Biology of Sport 2015
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5604/20831862.1150304
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