Compression Shorts - they are supposed
to fit that tightly.
Shorts are a garment worn by both men and women over
their pelvic area, circling the waist and splitting to cover the upper part of
the legs, sometimes extending down to the knees but not covering the entire
length of the leg.
Compression shorts and tights are undergarments usually
worn by athletes. They are form-fitting garments and when worn, cover the
athlete's waist to mid or lower thigh, similar to cycling shorts.
Compression shorts are also popular among female
athletes, especially among those who wear skirts or kilts during games. In those
situations, athletes wear compression shorts under the skirt so if they fall
over and their skirts ride up, their underwear will not be exposed. This is seen
particularly in women's lacrosse and field hockey (both being no-contact sports
in which players often wear skirts). In this situation, compression shorts are
colloquially identified as spandex shorts. Women also wear compression shorts in
tennis, where, most recently, compression shorts have been produced with ball
pockets for convenience. There are also women's compression shorts for use
before, during and after pregnancy. Pregnancy compression shorts supports upper
and lower abdominal muscles, Caesarean wounds and perineal stitches.
Benefits of compression shorts:
reduce wind resistance, increasing aerodynamic
compress the legs, which can help combat muscular
Compression shorts provide support from the tight
form-fitting properties. In materials testing, the compressive garment
provided increased flexion and extension, which could help reduce hamstring
injuries. They also reduced impact by 27% compared to American football
pants alone (Doan; Kwon, YH; Newton, RU; Shim, J; Popper, EM; Rogers, RA;
Bolt, LR; Robertson, M; Kraemer, WJ (2003). "Evaluation of a lower-body
compression garment". Journal of sports sciences 21 (8): 601–10.
doi:10.1080/0264041031000101971. PMID 12875311)
For cyclists: protect the skin against the repetitive
friction of the legs against the bicycle seat or frame.
provide support to the genitals.
If you have questions regarding the potential health
benefits of wearing compression clothing, please discuss with your doctor.
We are not doctors or scientists and do not have our own research regarding the
benefits or non-benefits of wearing compression shorts.
Compression Clothing - Compression garments are pieces of clothing, such as
socks, pantyhose, sleeves, etc., that provide support that is especially useful
for people who have to stand for long periods, or people with poor circulation.
The garments can come in varying degrees of compression. Compression garments
worn on the legs can help prevent deep vein thrombosis and reduce swelling,
especially while traveling. Compression sportswear is worn by some athletes
during exercise to prevent chafing and rashes, and post-exercise to ease muscle
stiffness and quicken recovery time.
Spandex, Lycra or elastane is a
fiber known for its exceptional elasticity. It is stronger and more
durable than natural rubber. It is a polyester-polyurethane copolymer that
was invented in 1958 by chemist Joseph Shivers at DuPont's Benger Laboratory in
Waynesboro, Virginia. When introduced in 1962, it revolutionized many
areas of the clothing industry. Because of its elasticity and strength
(stretching up to five times its length), spandex has been incorporated into a
wide range of garments, especially in skin-tight garments. A benefit of spandex
is its significant strength and elasticity and its ability to return to the
original shape after stretching and faster drying than ordinary fabrics.
Spandex is one of the fiber options used for compression shorts.
Shop the latest technology in men's compression shorts
from the top brands such as adidas, Nike & Under Armour. Upping your game,
lengthening your run, and taking your workout to the next level may be as easy
as putting on a pair of compression shorts. Well, actually, putting on a
pair of compressions may not be that easy. The tight fit makes them not as
easy to slop on as other types of athletic shorts. Although they are not
always simple to put on, athletic gear such as these may help prolong your
workouts by reducing muscle fatigue, increase circulation, and potentially help
with speeding up recovery times post-workout. These skin-hugging shorts are just
one more way to take your fitness up a notch to the next level of performance.
For those of you that prefer to do crossfit training,
yoga, or any other fitness activity in long pants, you may want to review our
yoga pants page for additional exercise
Learn learn about other types
of fitness pants and other kinds of short
pants. After you are fit, you may want to visit the jean shorts
It would be a good idea to also visit our
compression shirts page as well as the
fitness fashion page.
Compression shorts are good for running, but they are not
the same thing as traditional running shorts.
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