Calf Booster, Compression calf service or simply Booster. Many names to indicate the now famous knee-highs that cover the legs of more and more sportsmen. If you are a lover of sport and, why not, if you are also attentive to new trends you will surely have noticed them on more and more sportsmen. Especially used by runners, but not only, are knee-highs made of technical material and super elastic.
Some even cover the foot, becoming very technological knee-highs. What are they for? They essentially compress the area that goes from the ankle and salt all over the calf. Thanks to this compression action on the calf vessels:
- They can help you climb up and oxygenate your tissue, avoiding cramps, improving your sports performance and making you feel less tired.
- They favor the disposal of training products. This greatly improves recovery times. In addition, by eliminating toxins from the body, they reduce the problem of cellulite.
- They minimize the traumatic effect of impact on the ground and thus prevent painful muscle contractures.
- They are often used by athletes who suffer from problems already underway, such as calf cramps, but it was created to try to avoid the onset of “illnesses” that afflict sportsmen.
The calf behaves like a real ‘pump’ that the body uses for the venous return of liquids. By retaining the toxins derived from the activity, the physical activity and causing tiredness, muscle injuries and cramps. This type of socks allows a faster elimination of badly oxygenated venous blood.
Calf Booster, What They are and What They are For
Are compression stockings only suitable for running? Not really! In fact, they are suitable for all sports activities. Especially during long lasting activities, thanks to the elastic component, they facilitate muscle contraction and increase the capacity of the venous return. This improves sports performance and reduces fatigue in the lower limbs. Also excellent for reducing post-workout recovery times.
They improve recovery capacity even in the shortest but most intense training sessions. Such as, for example, training with overloads focused on the muscle groups of the legs. Here too, thanks to the elastic component with gradual compression, they improve the control of muscle contractures.
Choosing Calf Boosters
On the market you will find different types and materials. But how do they differ? And, above all, which one to choose? There are so many proposals and it’s not always easy to find your way around. That’s why we thought of analyzing the different types of Calf Booster according to use, materials and price.
How to Use Calf Boosters
There are many different types, designed for every situation:
- Some should only be used when training or, in any case, during a race or performance. The pressures applied in this phase help muscle fibres, tendons and ligaments to be fed faster with oxygenated blood, improving sports performance and reducing fatigue.
- Others, on the other hand, are designed to be used only for recovery purposes. Applied pressures will allow for faster recovery
- Others, on the other hand, can be used in both phases.
- There are also some that can be used every day during normal daily activities and not just during sport.
Calf Booster, Which Ones to Take?
Each brand offers something characteristic:
- Some Calf Boosters aim at comfort and freedom of movement and are limited to wrapping the calf. But there are also versions that cover the foot becoming real socks or even models that bind the whole leg.
- The material also changes the method of compression. There are Calf Boosters with graduated compression, others with scales designed specifically to drain sweat and facilitate cooling.
Calf Booster, How Much do They Cost?
Prices also vary a lot depending on the brand and the materials, more or less technical, used. The price range is therefore wide and goes from 16 € up to 60 €. The most technical, but also quite expensive, are the Under Armour ones. The ideal is to start by staying in a mid-price range and see how your body reacts.
On the market there are really many different types, with very different characteristics and prices. Here are some models with the main technical specifications.
- BV Sport: Booster Elite: The inventor of graduated compression bands is Booster. In addition to inventing it, he has also constantly improved it. The latest version not only compresses the calf correctly, but also has areas dedicated to the tibia and Achilles tendon. The cost is among the highest in the category (about 55 €) but the attention to detail is really high. This model cannot, however, be used in a recovery phase.
- CEP: Calf Sleeves 2.0 Colorful and of great quality despite the much more affordable price range (about €3o). They are produced with antibacterial yarns optimally exert the function of containing the muscle
- X-BIONIC: Spyker: The special feature of these boosters is that they combine partial compression with a system designed to improve thermoregulation by exploiting sweat by channelling it through special ducts and used as a “coolant”. The jersey is also very comfortable even if it perfectly wraps around the muscle. The price is around 30 €.
- 2XU: MCS Compression Calf Guards: Among the most used by triathletes, the quality of these MCS Compression Calf Guards is really high. Also the price, unfortunately, which is around 50 €. They improve fatigue and offer excellent muscle performance. It is also useful for training and recovery.
- Oxeego Compression: They are real compression socks and not just straps. The Oxeego socks, made in Italy, have a low cost (32 €) but are really extraordinary: they improve the oxygenation of the muscle improving performance and recovery times.
Calf Booster, Do They Work?
Like all new products launched on the market, they promise miracles. Obviously, miracles don’t work, but they are certainly able to improve sports performance and reduce the risk of contractures. There are many studies that attest to its effectiveness, but as many that do not confirm it. Perhaps they are too recent to be confirmed in the long term.
Calf Booster, Contraindications
If you have read the whole article and are interested in buying it, you may be wondering if there are any contraindications or, in any case, if they are not recommended to certain categories. But unless you have any vascular diseases in place, you can use them safely.
Have you tried them? How did you find yourself? I’m really curious to hear your experience!