In a two-year study conducted by the School of Biotechnology & Motor Sciences at Bologna University, the effectiveness of arena’s range of recovery compression garments was compared to a normal recovery cycle without compression aids. The tests involved taking physiological measurements (e.g. blood pressure, heart rate variability) on a group of proficient swimmers both with and without the aid of compression garments after having swum 400m freestyle at maximum effort. These measurements revealed that while blood pressure under normal circumstances drops to around 90/50 mmHG after the intense exertion of the swim, wearing compression garments significantly reduces this low blood pressure effect, particularly in the first hour of recovery, when readings were on average more than 15% closer to normal than without the compression garment. Heart rate variability readings similarly showed that the body recovers far quicker with the compression garment, returning to near-normal some 20-30 minutes before a swimmer without the garment.
Collectively, the findings confirmed that arena’s recovery compression garments provide significant support to the body’s post-exercise stabilizing action, speeding up recovery by as much as 20 minutes – a 30% improvement. For a swimmer competing in multiple events, getting the body back to normal as soon as possible after a swim, and ready to perform at its best, is a fundamental (if not critical) aspect of race preparation, and can undoubtedly make the difference between ending up on the podium and not.