Influence of moderate prophylactic compression on sport performance

J Strength Cond Res. 2005 May;19(2):292-7. doi: 10.1519/1533-4287(2005)19[292:IOMPCO]2.0.CO;2.


This study examined the impact of using elasticized compression shorts on performance measures and proprioception at the hip. Thirteen healthy subjects completed 2 randomized testing sessions-one while wearing the Coreshorts compression shorts and one while not wearing the shorts. During each trial, active range of motion at the hip; joint angle replication during hip flexion, abduction, and hyperextension; leg power; agility; speed; and aerobic endurance were measured, and subjective information pertaining to the fit of the shorts was collected. The use of the prophylactic brace did not limit performance on any measure except active range of motion during hip flexion (p < 0.05). Subjective data revealed 93.3% of subjects felt the shorts were supportive, although proper fit was an issue. The present results support the use of moderate compression at and around the hip for the purpose of injury prevention. Continued research is necessary to determine the efficacy of hip bracing within an injured population and their potential prophylactic benefit for active individuals.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bandages*
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Equipment Design
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Physical Endurance / physiology
  • Proprioception / physiology
  • Protective Clothing*
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
  • Sports / physiology*
  • Task Performance and Analysis*