Gone are the days when athletes donned a pair of pumps, a pair of cotton shorts and a vest (aka Chariots of Fire) to take part in games. These days athletes wear high tech gear. The aim is to reduce injury, improve comfort and performance.
The latest development are miracle socks made by Sport Medilast, a company in Lérida. The socks, which are made from polyamide and elastane, exert pressure on the ankles which decreases towards the knee. Apparently this makes the veins work more efficiently.
Tests on these socks have been carried out by the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM) which prove their effectiveness. Spanish basketball player Felipe Reyes and athlete Carlota Castrejana have shown their confidence in the claims by wearing these socks for training.