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Table 2 Reasons for the use of compression garments (CGs)

From: Lower extremity compression garments use by athletes: why, how often, and perceived benefit

  Endurance athletes (n = 442) Non-endurance athletes (n = 58)
Primary reason for using CGs, n (%)
 Primary prevention 60 (13.6) 6 (10.3)
 Secondary prevention 211 (47.7) 32 (55.2)
 Post-exercise recovery 63 (14.3) 3 (5.2)
 Sports performance improvement 39 (8.8) 7 (12.1)
 To reduce symptoms of a current sports injury 64 (14.5) 10 (17.2)
 To look good/professional 1 (0.2) 0 (0.0)
 Other 3 (0.7) 0 (0.0)
Secondary reasons for using CGs*, n (%)
 Primary injury prevention 141 (31.9) 21 (35.6)
 Secondary injury prevention 145 (32.8) 18 (30.5)
 To decrease symptoms of a current sports injury 52 (11.8) 12 (20.3)
 Post-exercise recovery 184 (41.6) 31 (52.5)
 Sports performance improvement 131 (29.6) 24 (40.7)
 To look good/professional 22 (5.0) 1 (1.7)
 Comfortable to wear 5 (1.1) 0 (0.0)
 Other 3 (0.7) 0 (0.0)
Time since first use of CGs
 < 6months 43 (9.5) 5 (8.2)
 6–12 months 77 (17.1) 11 (18.0)
 1-2 years 113 (25.1) 15 (24.6)
 2-3 years 87 (19.3) 11 (18.0)
 3-4 years 62 (13.7) 9 (14.8)
 4-5 years 41 (9.1) 6 (9.8)
 > 5 years 28 (6.2) 4 (6.6)
  1. *multiple answers possible