Compression for Rugby

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36% more next day power

CRX Compression garments for rugby improve performance in 3 core areas: Endurance, Speed and Power. Our studies prove that using our products in recovery and following our recommended protocols, you can look to achieve:

4% increase in time to exhaustion.
2% increase in sprint speed.
5% increase in muscle power.

As anyone doing a contact sport should know by now, recovery is everything. Taking time to let the body heal is essential to play at your best. For faster recovery, compression is vital. As a high-impact, high-intensity sport, it’s not surprising that rugby requires real investment into recovery - and that’s where compression is key. If you’re not compressing, you’re not giving your body the best chance at a full recovery and you increase the possibility of serious injury. As a professional, injuries are part of the job - but serious injuries mean serious time off the pitch.

INJURY PREVENTION.

In professional rugby, injuries are common. One in four rugby players suffers an injury during a season - and with players tackling 20-40 times per match, it’s not surprising accidents happen. Soft tissue tears can happen anywhere in the body under impact or strain. Knees bear the pressure after a few seasons; tackling makes shoulders a problem spot - and impact injuries remain a recurrent risk. Injuries during play are dangerous because adrenaline hides the initial impact and pain. Most rugby injuries occur mid-game, instead of training: meaning adrenaline carries the player through the impact. Off the pitch, it’s a different story. Hidden bleeds or swelling can become crippling - taking you out for longer than you bargained for.

"RECOVERY IS KEY. CRX WILL ENSURE ALL OUR PLAYERS, IN TERMS OF BOTH RECOVERY AND INJURY PREVENTION, HAVE ACCESS TO THE VERY BEST AND LATEST IN COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGY".

BEN STIRLING - Dragons Rugby, Head of Physiotherapy & Medical Services

Proven Recovery Gains

CRX Compression garments improve next-day recovery in 3 core areas. Power, Strength and Performance. Our studies prove that using our products in recovery and following our recommended protocols, you can look to achieve:

36% more next day power.
37% more next day strength.
36% increase in overall recovery performance.

Here’s where that compression is really key. Recovery after rugby needs to be immediate and powerful - with physiotherapy leg massages and ice baths all a critical part of post-match routine. Implementing compression is key for players wanting to make the most of their recovery period. The first 48 hours post-play are crucial - to get muscles in recovery mode immediately, and for as long as possible. Skipping any stage of recovery is a huge risk - and one that most pros cant afford to take. If you can’t recover, your training is impacted - and if your training is impacted, you can’t play at your best on match day. If muscles aren’t fully recovered, that’s a precursor to a serious injury - and that could keep you out for good.

RECOVERY WITH CRX

If injuries are left untreated, microscopic muscle tears or joint damage means swelling - and lots of it. Swelling pressing on nerve receptors trigger pain responses in your body and brain - reducing function and movement. With dedicated CRX compression for rugby, minimise a lactic acid buildup and keep nutrient-rich blood flowing through the muscle - for a faster and easier recovery. For a convenient, cost-effective and comfortable recovery.

INCREASED PERFORMANCE.

CRX compression garments give you a massive 43% reduction in next day DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) following tough training sessions or competition. 

This is the bit that matters most to our players: increased performance. Getting back out onto the pitch can be tough after a bad tackle - but not with CRX. Having compressed to the optimal levels, players report better physical experience on the pitch.

Faster recovery means you get the benefit of your full training regimen and fitness plan - without having to skip a session or a gym session due to a strain or tear that isn’t healing. Being proactive in recovery means keeping your full range and function when you need it most. Performance is what it’s all about - keeping your body rested, recovered and in peak physical condition so that you can maintain your optimal performance.

"Recovery is a critical part of the game and more important than ever in this compacted season. We are really impressed with the quality of CRX’s compression garments.”

PJ Wilson, Bath Rugby’s Head of Strength and Conditioning

CRX COMPRESSION BENEFITS FOR RUGBY.

TOPS

Compression tops are vital for rugby players, to target the muscle planes that operate during a match. Keeping the muscles in relative alignment means that players are at less of a risk of a tear - a common risk in a high-impact sport. Preventing lactic acid fluid build up from impact injuries is what compression is all about - so using your CRX compression top as a base layer under your jersey could help to prevent impact injuries getting any more serious than they need to. Compressing post-play, however, is crucial for a fast recovery.

TIGHTS

Full limb recovery, including hamstrings, glutes, and quads, is only possible through our rugby compression tights. Prevent the lactic buildup that causes pain and swelling with our 20% lycra blend, and minimise DOMS through your recovery period. Joint swelling, localised swelling to trauma and even microtears are reduced with our rugby compression tights - flushing out toxins with venous return and compressing swelling to maximise mobility.

SOCKS

CRX compression socks for rugby are perfect for post-play and mid-play protection. Thanks to the tight compression in the foot, ankle and calf with our 20% lycra blend, CRX compression socks protect against any lower limb injury. Ankle injuries or repeated ligament tears don’t heal; they scar - meaning protection is vital to avoid reinjuring the area.

The compressive element of the sock works like an ankle strap - or in tandem with an ankle strap if need be- keeping the ankle protected at play. Post-match, reduce swelling and pain with your compression socks - for superfast recovery.

CALVE SLEEVES

Calf sleeves can be worn during a rugby match for boosted venous return in pressured play. With a potential blood flow increase of 10%, players reduce their risk of cramping - essential during match days. Running across the pitch means potential strains on the calf, ankle and lower foot - so our CRX compression calf sleeves can be worn with the compression socks to maximise blood flow and prevent injury.

SHORTS

Compression shorts for rugby offer deep compression of the quads and glutes, and can be worn mid-or post-match for rejuvenated recovery. Breathable, moisture-wicking 20% lycra gives all the flex needed, with a perfect fit. Rugby players looking to protect against specific injuries to the glutes and quads can use CRX compression shorts to prevent further injury.

Rugby injuries like groin strains or pains, hernia or damage to the pubic symphysis can impact a career - but protecting against common injuries like these with rugby compression shorts can mean getting back out there, faster, better and for longer.

WITH CRX, IT’S A DIFFERENT STORY.

Compression for any sport means isolating the muscles at work, and compressing them during or after play as appropriate. Rugby is the highest-impact mainstream sport, and involves muscle groups in both the upper and lower body - making compression key to maximise performance. Compression for rugby means compressing muscle groups involved in play - for faster recovery, increased performance and injury prevention, both on and off the pitch.

CRX Compression works by applying pressure to the parts of the body used in play. This compression stimulates the blood flow in these areas, maximising venous return and bringing oxygen-rich blood to the muscle. At the same time, lactic acid buildup is prevented by the pressure, stopping localised swelling or microswelling. Swelling presses on pain receptors, called nociceptors, which triggers a pain response in the brain and the limb. Without swelling, these nociceptors are inhibited - keeping your pain levels low and your muscles functional. With improved recovery comes improved performance - train harder, play faster, and go for longer, when you make compression part of your routine.