Body Science Compression Athlete Long Sleeve Top
Body Science Athlete Compression garments are designed and made in Australia. Our Athlete Series Compression Long Sleeve top has been hand crafted from our unique high performance compression fabric which includes superior moisture wicking qualities, meaning that the material is able to ‘draw’ sweat away from where it is produced helping to dissipate body heat.
Warp Knit construction results in an increased number of fibres meaning greater durability. A greater ‘elastometric fibre content,’ creates material that can stretch further and return to it’s original shape without distortion and a UV Protection of 50+ protects from the harsh Australian sun.
BSc Athlete Compression Long Sleeve tops are finished with a seamless hem at the wrist. This new technology creates a slimmer and firmer compression fit while also aiding in putting the garment on in a smoother and easier way. Simply stretch the hems out using your hands, breaking the seal, before putting the garment on.
Muscle Specific Compression
Pec Upper body Explosive muscular power is highly correlated with success in a vast array of sports. The Pectoral muscle group forms a thick fan-shaped muscle of the chest responsible for flexing, adducting and medially rotating the Humerus, or put simply, the majority of pushing or pulling actions of the upper body. Knowledge of the importance of this muscle group has lead to BSc designing specific compression panels that target the pectoral muscle group via panels and seams so compression is applied across the whole chest. This ultimately reduces oscillatory displacement of muscle in the chest optimizing neurotransmission and the mechanics of muscle contraction at the molecular level.
The Deltoid muscle also known as the shoulder muscle is an extremely complex muscle due to the arrangement of three different sets of muscle fibres that form together to comprise the deltoid. This unfortunately makes the deltoid muscle susceptible to fatigue further promoting serious injury. The cut and arrangement of BSc deltoid panel has specifically been designed to enclose the deltoid muscle sheath, providing strength and support to the muscle group reducing the likelihood of injury.
The core muscles commonly referred to as your abs (abdominal muscles) are somewhat involved in almost every muscle contraction throughout the body. They act as a stabilizer and transfer forces across the body. Whilst people often train them as a prime mover they are far more responsible for ones ability to produce force or movement in a controlled and stable environment.
Targeted compression is a science that takes into account knowledge of muscle shapes and their functions. The use of this science and our ability to match it with exercise functions has allowed us to develop the most athletically superior compression garment on the planet.
INCREASED VO2MAX AND ANAEROBIC THRESHOLD
Recent research in trained athletes reported that compression garments increased VO2max by 10% and anaerobic threshold by 40% (13). Given that these two physiological variables are highly correlated to success in endurance sports compression garments may provide a significant competitive advantage for endurance athletes.
REDUCED MUSCLE OSCILLATION
It has been suggested that excess oscillatory displacement of a muscle during a dynamic movement may contribute to fatigue and interfere with neurotransmission and optimal muscle recruitment patterns (14). Recent research reported that compression garments were able to significantly reduce longitudinal and anterior-posterior muscle oscillation by 0.32 and 0.40cm respectively upon landing from a maximal vertical jump (7).
Proprioception or joint position sense has major implications to athletic performance, particularly in the areas of technique and injury prevention. Research investigating hip joint proprioception reported significantly greater joint position sense at both 45 and 60 degrees hip flexion (11).
INCREASED EXPLOSIVE MUSCULAR POWER
Explosive muscular power is highly correlated with success in most sports. Research in track and field athletes has reported a 5.2% increase in maximal vertical jump height when vertical jumps are measured wearing compression garments (7).
REDUCED BLOOD LACTATE CONCENTRATIONS
High intensity exercise produces lactic acid which presents a challenge to the body’s ability to maintain pH within the narrow physiological range. This in turn can negatively impact the force generating capacity of the muscle which results in muscle fatigue and impaired athletic performance. Data published by Berry and McMurray (1) showed a 14% decrease in blood lactate concentrations 15 minutes following high intensity exercise when compression garments were worn during and after exercise.
Muscle damage is an inevitable consequence of high intensity exercise and any technique that can facilitate muscle repair and faster recovery is of large benefit to the athlete. A study in elite Rugby Union players reported that compression garments worn immediately after a rugby match significantly reduced markers of muscle damage (creatine kinase) compared to passive recovery at 36 and 84 hours post match (8)