Monday, October 23, 2017
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As I write, it’s now been four days since my last training session, and looks like it will be at least as long again until I am able to do any physical exercise.  This was not part of the plan.

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So the knee issues persist. If I sound like a stuck record, believe me no-one is more irritated by this than me.

In the last few weeks I've started seeing an osteopath in Bristol. The long and short of it seems to be that there isn't just one issue causing my pain, but rather a combination of many things.

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The market for compression clothing – either as an aid to performance during activity, or recovery afterwards – has exploded in recent years.  While (from what I can find) there is little out there to support any benefits of compression during sport (and I speak as someone who wears calf sleeves when racing myself!), the benefits of compression as a recovery aid come in for much more debate, with strong arguments for and against.

Condensing much research into a very simple sentence, it seems to me that those research projects which do point to a benefit either refer to a reduced lactate levels in muscles when using compression gear after exercising (although in the interests of fairness, there are other studies that refute these claims), or more often base their findings on perceived muscle soreness by test subjects the day after exercise.

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