Compression Therapy and Athletes

October 12, 2009 at 3:47 am 12 comments

A growing trend among competitive athletes is the use of compression therapy socks to help improve their athletic performance.  Compression therapy is a hot topic in sports media right now as a growing number of triathletes, marathon runners and professional sports athletes are trying compression socks during performance to improve their results. Whether it’s during the actual event, after the event, or even while traveling, athletes are making graduated compression socks part of their everyday attire.

Introducing the SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery Sock

SIGVARIS, the global leader in graduated compression garments, introduces the first product of the Active Therapy collection: The Athletic Recovery Sock. The Athletic Recovery sock helps to flush out the lactic acid built up in the leg during exercise, relieving tired, aching legs and exercise-induced muscle soreness.

Athletic Recovery Sock Benefits:

  • Promotes lactic acid flush-out and relieves delayed onset muscle soreness!
  • Superior Athletic Sizing Assortment and comfort & fit with 50+ years of graduated compression expertise!
  • Patented Drirelease® and latex-free yarns with an embedded Freshguard® treatment that virtually eliminates odors!
  • True Graduated Compression from the global leader of graduated compression socks!

Not All Compression Is Created Equal

A number of sock manufacturers are claiming to offer “compression” socks for athletic use. Unfortunately, many of these “compression” socks do not have true graduated compression. Instead, they may feature a tight foot band, or vertical stripes, or a wide variety of features meant to imply foot or leg support. SIGVARIS retailers have been trained to properly explain the difference between these kinds of socks and true graduated compression that is available in the SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery Sock.

SIGVARIS Socks For Competitive Athletes & Weekend Warriors

The good news is graduated compression therapy can help athletes of all levels, from top performers down to weekend warriors!  Compression therapy can be worn during and after athletic performance to improve results as well as recovery.  

To help educate consumers about the benefits of compression therapy in athletic recovery, SIGVARIS has created a free information website:

For more information, please visit, call 1-800-322-7744 or email

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pamela Albu  |  December 4, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Would your recovery socks help my tibia pain in the tendon and muscle.

  • 2. SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery sock giveaway  |  December 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    […] calf.  Theoretically, this is conducive to good bloodflow and faster recovery.  You can read more SIGVARIS features […]

  • 3. alice  |  December 12, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I just received my order for the new athletic recovery socks…i understand one is for male and the other for females ????? which is which 144 or 184 ?????

    need more info on this , please !

    • 4. sigvaris  |  December 14, 2009 at 1:25 pm

      Hello Alice,

      144 are for women and 184 are for men.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thank you
      Product Manager- North America

  • 5. Arthur Crowell  |  April 5, 2010 at 3:16 am

    how do these compare to the nike elite dri fit basketball socks

    • 6. veinhealthforum  |  April 5, 2010 at 12:52 pm


      Thank you for your question.

      Here are the main features/benefits of the Nike Elite basketball sock

      Dri-FIT fabric wicks away moisture to keep feet cool and dry
      Rib cuffs
      Anatomical-fit specific to left and right feet
      Mid-foot compression fit
      Fabric: Dri-FIT 62% polyester/21% nylon/15% cotton/2% spandex.
      Machine wash
      Made in U.S.A.

      Now let me tell you how our Athletic Sock compares.

      1) Nike elite socks do not state compression levels. They State mid-foot Compression fit” The SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery sock provides 15-20mmHg of True Graduated Compression. “True Graduated Compression” is key. There are a lot of other sports compression socks/garments that have compression but are not graduated compression that actually do not help with blood flow/return.
      2) The Athletic Recovery sock also has dri-release material as stated. It also contains Freshguard material to cut down on odor. 67% Dri-release Polyester/26% Nylon/7%Spandex
      3) SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery Sock is also made in the US.

      More information can be found on the specific tabs on

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thank you
      Product Manger

  • 7. Denise Fletcher  |  April 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    what color do the socks come in for women?

  • 9. mike chartier  |  April 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I am a goalie for a hockey team and have bursitis. Would any of your products help prevent / treat this from recurring ?


    • 10. veinhealthforum  |  April 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm


      Thank you for your question. If the joint involves a lot of movement (such as a knee) straight compression or graduated compression is not recommended as bursitis is caused by increased friction from the adjacent structures, and it could definitely worsen the underlying bursitis, by rubbing and stimulating the inflamed bursa sac. If the bursitis is located in the hip, compression or graduated compression would neither hurt or help. Elbow bursitis is altogether different and a compression arm garment may actually help with both pain and swelling.

      Thank you!
      Judith Brannan
      Education Coordinator
      SIGVARIS, Inc.

  • 11. Devon  |  June 25, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Would these help in providing relief of sore/achy legs after a 12 hr shift as a nurse? I’ve looked at a lot of different brands geared towards nurses, but i wanted something that actually felt like a cotton sock and wasnt too thin. Do these have this quality?Thank you.

  • 12. SIGVARIS  |  June 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Devon,

    These would provide relief during and after a 12-hour shift. However, we actually have two socks: casual cotton and cushioned cotton that are very popular with nurses. I am going to send you some additional information via email. In the meantime, you can learn more about our other products at Thank you for your comment.


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