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How Compression Sleeves Work

How Compression Sleeves Work

Josiah Middaugh Josiah Middaugh
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Athletes have used compression sleeves as a performance, support, and recovery booster for years. But how exactly do compression sleeves work?

When it comes to how compression sleeves work, they help joints and muscles stay warm and loose by increasing blood pressure in a certain area to improve blood flow toward the heart (venous return). That pressure improves oxygenated blood flow and aids in the faster removal of waste products and lactic acid.

Wearing compression sleeves reduces inflammation, supports joints, helps prevent muscle fatigue and reduces injury risk. Athletes will often wear them during a workout to increase blood flow and oxygenation, which improves oxygen delivery to working muscles and reduces muscle shake, which helps save energy. Research shows that compressing muscles reduces the symptoms of delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Athletes will also wear compression sleeves on their legs during long flights to combat blood pooling.

Compression sleeves are often made from neoprene, polyester, nylon, and spandex. It’s important to look for materials that let the skin breathe and properly sweat, which prevents overheating. 

GO Sleeves were designed to combine the best benefits of compression and kinesiology tape in a way that’s reusable and quick to apply.  Compression and kinesiology taping technology have distinctly different mechanisms of action than can now be combined in one easy-to-use product.  GO Sleeves are more effective than traditional compression sleeves while being cheaper, faster, and simpler than kinesiology tape products. They can be worn during your activity AND after for pain relief and faster recovery.

GO Sleeves offer the first and only compression sleeve products with built-in kinesiology taping technology that supports key joints, ligaments, and tendons. Every sleeve contains silicone
strips that trigger natural pain reduction, increase recuperating blood flow, and aid in lymphatic drainage. They are super-lightweight, breathable, washable, and reusable. GO Sleeves currently offer knee sleeves, calf sleeves, and elbow sleeves. 

Josiah Middaugh is the Head of Performance Science at GO Sleeves. Middaugh has a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology, 20 years of experience working with athletes of all kinds, and a long list of multi-sport racing accomplishments. 

Middaugh’s professional racing accomplishments:

2015 XTERRA World Champion

15-Time XTERRA USA National Champion

6-Time USSSA National Snowshoe Champion 

4-Time Fat Bike World Champion

10-Time GoPro Mountain Games, Ultimate Mountain Challenge Champion

2-Time USAT Winter Triathlon National Champion

Middaugh’s favorite ways to use GO Sleeves are to accelerate recovery and to mitigate calf muscle and Achilles tendon tightness. Learn more about Josiah’s coaching practice for endurance athletes at

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