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Compression wear and shapewear garments are skin-tight items of clothing which apply pressure to specific parts of the body. Through the application of compression to underlying veins, the speed of blood flow increases and the rate of oxygen delivery to muscles is increased. Compression wear has long been used in medical applications to prevent circulation problems. It has also become an integral part of the recovery process following surgery, as it can aid skin recovery and minimise bruising. But over the past two decades, compression wear has become firmly established in active wear and sportswear following claims that compression garments can improve athletic performance, reduce the risk of injury and accelerate recovery during and after exercise. At the same time, shapewear has become highly popular, as an increasing number of people show an interest in garments which can contour their body shape using compression. This report analyses the growing market for compression wear and shapewear, and describes the principles and benefits of compression technology. It also describes the key features of compression garments and shapewear, alongside their functions in apparel applications. In addition, it provides an in depth review of key suppliers of compression garments and their products, as well as an outlook for the future.

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Compression wear and shapewear: skin-tight apparel for enhanced performance and well-being
List of contents
SUMMARY
INTRODUCTION
MARKET FOR COMPRESSION WEAR AND SHAPEWEAR
Athletic compression wear
Medical compression wear
Shapewear
BASIC PRINCIPLES AND BENEFITS OF COMPRESSION
TECHNOLOGY IN APPAREL
Preventing and treating medical conditions
Healing after an injury or surgical operation
Relieving physical discomfort
Improving athletic performance
Enhanced warm-up and overall circulation
Heightened proprioception
Reduced muscle vibration
Reduction in drag
Lower build-up of lactic acid
Improved recovery
Reduced fatigue
Reduced damage
Lower risk of repetitive strain injuries
Psychological benefits
KEY FEATURES OF COMPRESSION GARMENTS
Fibre blends
Yarn diameter
Fabric construction
Seams
Fit
Pattern design
Sizing
Waistbands and drawstrings
MEDICAL COMPRESSION GARMENTS
Compression stockings
ATHLETIC COMPRESSION WEAR
Compression garments used for athletic wear
Types
Garments for specific applications
Effects of compression garments on athletic performance
Research into the effects of compression garments on athletic performance
SHAPEWEAR
KEY SUPPLIERS OF COMPRESSION GARMENTS AND THEIR
PRODUCTS
110% Play Harder: athletic compression wear
2XU: athletic compression wear
Adidas: Techfit Powerweb
ASICS: Muscle Support
Body Science: warp knitted compression sportswear
Canterbury: Mercury TCR
Compressport: athletic compression wear
Lululemon Athletica: Wunder under Pant
MACOM Enterprises: Crystal Smooth cycling shorts
New Balance: HKNB Perfect Pant
Nike: Nike Pro
Pelham and Strutt: posture control T-shirt
Saucony: AMP PRO2
Sigvaris: compression wear for medical, well-being and sports applications
Skins: A200
Spanx: shapewear garments
Under Armour: AllSeasonGear, ColdGear and HeatGear
Wacoal Sports Science Corporation: CW-X Support Web
X-technology Swiss Research and Development: X-BIONIC Effektor suits
Zensah: seamless compression sportswear
Zoot Sports: CRx Tights
OUTLOOK
APPENDIX: HOW MUSCLE CELLS FUNCTION USING AEROBIC
AND ANAEROBIC RESPIRATION
Aerobic respiration
Anaerobic respiration

List of tables

Table 1: Indications for use of medical compression garments
Table 2: Product claims made by some key suppliers of athletic compression wear
Table 3: Findings of research on the effects of compression garments on physiological factors
and athletic performance
Table 4: Examples of Nike Pro compression garments

List of figures

Figure 1: Estimated market shares in the athletic compression wear industry in the USA, 2012
Figure 2: Sales of compression wear at speciality running stores in the USA, 2008-10
Figure 3: Average retail selling prices of compression garments at speciality running stores in
the USA, 2010
Figure 4: The market for therapeutic compression stockings in Western Europe, 2008-17
Figure 5: Compression stockings
Figure 6: Short sleeve compression shirt
Figure 7: Compression shorts
Figure 8: Compression leg sleeve
Figure 9: Compression bodysuit

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