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Compression 101

Medical professionals have long recommended compression for patients looking to improve blood circulation and overall leg health. Backed by medi’s
60+ years of experience, CEP uses the science behind medical compression to help athletes maximize performance and recovery.


For the athlete, improving arterial blood flow is the key to peaking performance. CEP compression socks apply consistent compression to the calf, allowing the arterial walls to relax and the flow of oxygen-rich blood to increase by up to 40%. More oxygen means more power during performance and a faster recovery.


Graduated medical grade compression that is tighter at the ankle improves vein health by reducing the veins’ diameter and pushing de-oxygenated blood back to the heart.

Veins and Arteries

Our Science

CEP compression socks have been scientifically proven to improve blood flow, allowing athletes to reach higher speeds using less energy.

Veins and Arteries

Veins and Arteries

Temperature Regulation

Cooling effect when damp! CEP’s use of performance yarns quickly transports moisture away from the skin. By moving moisture to the outside of the garment evaporation is increased, reducing the temperature by as much as 7 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heat Generation Study

Veins and Arteries

Benefits of CEP

Proven to increase performance by 5%*

A Faster Run: The latest studies show that athletes wearing CEP compression socks can improve their running time by 5%! At a marathon time of four hours, this would equal twelve minutes gained.

An Easier Run: With CEP, athletes decrease exertion by approximately 6% while actually reducing muscle strain.

Quicker Recovery: Even when an athlete is at rest, CEP compression socks increase blood circulation by up to 30%** shortening recovery time.

*Study of Technische Unversitat Dresden
**Published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning

Proven to Reduce Injury

Shin Splints:
Reduces vibration, increase oxygen and promotes healing.

Calf Cramps:
Increase oxygen to optimize muscles, removes lactic acid.

Achille Issues:
Increases oxygen to the Achilles; padding prevents damage.

Pulled Muscles:
Increases blood flow to increase warmth in the muscle.

Traveling Issues:
Graduated compression prevents venous reflux and pooling.

CEP vs. Competitors

Not All Compression is Created Equal

With all the choices in compression sportswear these days, it can be hard to decide what product you should buy. How can you know if what is being offered is a “gimmick” or a truly effective performance tool?

CEP Compression

Graduated Compression

Tighter in the ankle, looser in the calf – brings blood back to the heart.

Our compression levels are medically tuned for maximum performance. We measure calf circumference to ensure proper compression. The compression on the calf is lower to effectively target the arteries and allow proper blood flow back to the heart, while the compression in the ankle penetrates deep veins to push blood back to the heart. Plus, our socks are anatomically correct with left and right feet.

Ankle and Calf

Competitor Brands

Incorrect Compression

Tighter in the calf, looser in the ankle – blood pools in the leg.

Competitor products lack proper compression design. They may say the socks are “graduated”, but when you put them on the compression is greater in the calf than the ankle. Think about that: if the socks squeeze tighter at the calf than the ankle, then the socks will promote blood flow toward the ankle rather than the heart. This can hinder performance, recovery and in some cases cause more harm than good. Other products measure by shoe size or simply are not made using any anatomical measurements and designs. The result can be compression designs that are the opposite of what they should be or compression that is not tight enough to help you.

Ankle and Calf Competitors