European Journal of Applied Physiology

, Volume 110, Issue 2, pp 425–433 | Cite as

Effects of compression stockings during exercise and recovery on blood lactate kinetics

  • Diana RimaudEmail author
  • Laurent Messonnier
  • Josiane Castells
  • Xavier Devillard
  • Paul Calmels
Original Article


This study aimed to investigate if wearing compression stockings (CS) during exercise and recovery could affect lactate profile in sportsmen. Eight young healthy trained male subjects performed two maximal exercise tests on a cycle ergometer on two different occasions performed randomly: CS during both exercise and recovery, and no CS. Blood lactate concentration was taken during exercise and at 0, 3, 5, 10, 15, 30 and 60 min post-exercise. The individual blood lactate recovery curves were fitted to a biexponential time function: \( {\text{La}}_{(t)} = {\text{La}}_{(0)} + A_{ 1} ( 1- {\text{e}}^{{ - \gamma_{1} t}} ) + A_{ 2} ( 1- {\text{e}}^{{ - \gamma_{2} t}} ) \), where γ 1 and γ 2 denote the abilities to exchange lactate between the previously active muscles and the blood and to remove lactate from the organism, respectively. A significantly higher blood lactate value at the end of the maximal exercise was found (12.1 ± 0.5 vs. 10.8 ± 0.5 mmol l−1) wearing CS as compared to no CS (P < 0.05). Lower γ 1 and higher γ 2 values were observed with CS during recovery, as compared to no CS. It was concluded that CS during graded exercise leads to a significant higher blood lactate value at exhaustion. Since lactate exchanges were expected to be decreased during exercise due to CS, this result was likely attributable to a higher lactate accumulation related to a greater overall contribution of anaerobic glycolysis. Although the lactate removal ability was significantly improved when wearing CS during recovery, its efficacy in promoting blood lactate clearance after high-intensity exercise is limited.


Graduated elastic stockings Exercise Blood lactate Recovery Performance 



The authors are grateful to all subjects participating in this study for valuable cooperation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana Rimaud
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Laurent Messonnier
    • 2
  • Josiane Castells
    • 1
  • Xavier Devillard
    • 1
  • Paul Calmels
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physiologie de l’Exercice, Faculté de Médecine Jacques LisfrancUniversité Jean MonnetSaint-ÉtienneFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physiologie de l’ExerciceUniversité de SavoieLe Bourget du LacFrance
  3. 3.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationCHU Saint Etienne, Hôpital BellevueSaint-Étienne Cedex 2France

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