• Keyon Rainey

Compression Gear: Does it Help Athletes?


As an athlete, wearing your normal, everyday undergarments during a sporting event can be uncomfortable. But, something as simple as changing the base layer could help change an athlete’s performance and comfort.

That is the reality of wearing compression shorts compared to traditional boxers or briefs. Compression shorts are a base layer that some athletes wear under shorts or pants that are similar to spandex shorts.

A 2017 report published by Allied Market Research, entitled “Compression Wear and Shapewear Market by Product, Application, End User, and Distribution Channel: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022,” said “... the global compression wear and shapewear market is expected to reach $5,576 million by 2022.”

Compression shorts have several benefits. Some athletes say they prevent injuries because they keep “everything” in place and reduce the risk of awkward injuries.

In a Business Insider article, Reed Ferber, who has a doctorate of philosophy in biomechanics, said compression gear is “trying to either clear blood more quickly from areas, or it’s trying to prevent injury in the first place, by not allowing the body to move in specific ways.”

“I love compression clothing especially, shorts and the pants because it is more comfortable while