Well, for starters, this particular piece of clothing, in sports terminology, is formally referred to as 'compression clothing'; and naturally, the aforementioned knee-length shorts are referred to as 'compression shorts'. We will, now, have a look at the uses of compression shorts for running, and in general, various advantages of compression shorts.
Uses of Compression Shorts
So, why are these shorts increasingly being used by athletes and sportspersons all over the world? Also, are compression shorts for men different from those for women? Or is a pair of these shorts a unisex clothing product? Let us try to answer all these questions.
As far as the design aspect is concerned, yes, compression shorts can largely be termed as a unisex clothing product. However, there do exist certain design variations that are designed exclusively or specifically for one gender. For example, a few designs for men are equipped with a frontal pocket, so as to hold an abdomen guard in place.
Material-wise, a pair of compression shorts (or in general, compression clothing) is made up of a combination of nylon, Lycra, spandex, etc. They are stretchable and designed in such a way, so as to offer the wearer a snug, comfortable fit.
Also, designs differ from sport to sport. For example, compression shorts designed for a cyclist would be different from those designed for a sprinter, cricketer, footballer, etc. Now, regarding the question as to why athletes wear them, well, the answers lie in the following section.
For any sport that involves a good degree of running, jogging, or jumping, there is a great deal of load and pressure that is exerted on the thighs and on the upper leg muscles. This point is further accentuated in the sport of cycling (in spite of it not involving either running or jumping).
So, if you're an aspiring athlete or sportsman, you may want to head to the nearest sports store and buy yourself a pair.