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Sport is a huge part of modern life and a range of people are involved from the casual participant to the committed professional.
At Compression Advisory we have been directly involved with helping elite sport achieve better performance though the application of medical grade compression. This experience has taught us the value and benefits of this technology and how it can help a range of people involved in sport at any level.
The sports VR profile socks have been designed specifically to enhance physiology and help meet the demands made by sportsmen and women, with the input of;
The Compression Advisory's sports profile provide targeted graduated compression of the lower leg and are considered a mechanical ergogenic aid with a wide range of benefits which contribute to performance enhancement in sports and exercise through muscle compression technology.
The key areas where wearing medical grade compression can help in sport are;
While many companies provide compression clothing for performance, we at Compression Advisory realise that only medical grade graduated compression is clinically proven to improve blood flow. The Compression Advisory developed sock is also proven at the elite level with over 600-premiership players using the sock to improve performance. The benefits are not confined to football and any sport where the lower leg is used can benefit from gctech™-nology, some of the benefits include;
Thus the socks, when worn with any type of exercise will help improve performance by supporting the calf and improving the circulation. The VR profile socks have been used in a huge range of sports for this very purpose and at the elite level we have supported;
Recovery is one of the most important aspects of training in elite sport and this is something many amateur athletes do not fully understand. Recognising that poor recovery can lead to injury, poor adaptation to the training stimulus, staleness and poor performance, we at Compression Advisory have created a compression sock with clinical backing recovery programmes using our graduated medical sports sock which can be integrated into your own programmes.
The aim of this programme is to fully support individual sports men/women using bespoke strategies revolved around the unique medical graded compression sock devised by the vascular surgeons within the Compression Advisory Group.
Recovery after exercise and competition involves a number of physical and mental activities ranging from nutritional interventions, cool downs, body cooling (vasoconstriction), stretching, performance assessments and rest.
Routine compression has been shown to play an important part in the immediate post exercise period. How best to apply medical grade compression will vary depending upon each individual circumstance and we believe that it is wholly appropriate that the sock be used in different ways to meet these very particular requirements as one size does not fit all. As before other compression garments provide squeeze but are not clinically certified, the garments from Compression Advisory are made to medical grade standards so are proven to improve blood flow.
When to wear;
The sock can be worn straight after exercise to gain the benefits, ideally they should be worn for a minimum of 2-3 hours the benefits are;
Injury is and will always be a companion of sport and exercise. Strains and pulls and more serious injury cost athletes and teams considerable challenges both in performance and in their ability to achieve consistent training necessary for high level performance.
R.I.C.E. stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation and is the procedure that will follow most injury under the guidance of medical teams. gctech™ provides an ideal way to provide compression which channels fluid up and out of the leg thus reducing swelling significantly. The conditions where this will be particularly useful include;
Travel is a significant part of any athletes life and has a huge impact on the completion of training cycles, recovery and performance.
Given that sport is played all over the world travel can be of long duration and vary in the degree of stress. Travel takes many forms from road to air all of which come with a number of inherent risks to the athletes health, wellbeing and ability to perform in ensuing competition.
Of the problems encountered some are listed below:
Travel induced Oedema may cause blood pooling or a build-up of excess fluid in soft tissue. These fluids are gravity dependant and pool as a result of enforced immobility. Most commonly, travel induced Oedema is seen in the ankles or legs. To move these fluids back to the heart we require contracting muscles to assist the valves of the veins.
gctech™, used in very specific ways can play a significant role in alleviating these problems. We at Compression Advisory have advised numerous elite teams (as listed earlier) on the use of this technology to reduce the risk of travel on the athlete and help improve 'away' performance.
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"Wearing the gctech™ sock helps me to recover much quicker after a long hard day in the field. I place a huge emphasis on my physical preparation and recovery"
Batsman & Club Captain
England & Warwickshire County Cricket Club
Our gctech™ socks are classified by the British Standards Institution (BSI) as a medical aid, that is prescribed as a mechanical method to support the venous and lymphatic systems in the lower leg. They offer graduated compression, with maximum compression achieved at the ankle, decreasing further up the leg.
For UK orders your goods will usually be dispatched within 24 hours Monday to Friday and should arrive Royal Mail 1st class post, normally within 2 days*. This standard delivery service is £5.00. An optional special delivery service is also available for UK orders Monday to Friday and this service, using Royal Mail Special Delivery, should arrive, the next day*. The Special Delivery Service, which also offers itemised tracking and postal insurance, is £7.50. Delivery for most countries in the EU will be charged a standard £7.50 with a delivery aim of up to 5 days, but this price may be subject to change based on a specific location and weight, as charged by Royal Mail. If this price should change as per your order, a member of the customer services team will notify you before the order is processed to confirm that you would wish to complete it. The delivery times detailed are estimates on the basis of a full order being placed of standard items and confirmed by 2pm on a working day. Standard items refers to the standard GC Tech sock's that come in colours, black, white, navy blue, royal blue and red. Occasionally we might be out of stock of an item in your order, should this occur we will email you immediately and ask if you wish us to cancel the item from your order. There will be no additional cost to you for us dispatching items separately in this instance. If you have any special deadlines for delivery, please call or email us to let us know. Delivery times for individualised items will be quoted on a per order basis.
* The delivery estimates detailed above are based on those provided by the Royal Mail. These estimates are guidelines and although we will try our very best to maintain the service described, sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances the delivery services may experience delays or suspension. Should any unforeseen circumstances, such as adverse weather conditions, affect the delivery of your items, we will contact you as soon as possible.
Should your goods be returned to us as undeliverable by Royal Mail or courier, we will contact you to arrange redelivery, however we reserve the right to make a further charge to cover our additional postage expense. We take no responsibility for goods lost in transit due to an incorrectly supplied address.
A selection of our range is offered as Special Order only. These are items which we do not normally hold in stock such as our non-standard colours and made to measure range, but can order from our manufacturers on your behalf. Non-standard colours are claret, yellow, gold and green. Special order products are clearly marked as such within our website. For these items, the above delivery time estimates do not apply. If you have a time dependency and require these items, please call us prior to ordering to establish availability and expected delivery timescales.
Compression Advisory accepts the following payment methods
Please note: for cheque payments, goods will be dispatched on cheque clearance.
Compression Advisory is a UK based company and complies with UK consumer law including the Distance Selling Regulations, which are designed to protect you when buying items by Mail Order. This means that shopping with Compression Advisory is safe. We will sort out any problems you have. Our Terms and Conditions do not affect your statutory rights.
Distance Selling Regulations give you the right to cancel a standard order and return standard goods that may already have been dispatched, this does not include Special Order Items, (see Returns) up to 7 days from receipt.
If for any reason you wish to return a standard item to Compression Advisory for exchange or refund, please return it unused in original undamaged packaging with labels intact, within 14 days of purchase. Please notify us by email prior to sending goods back. Special order items are not able to be returned at any point. Items are returned at customers' own cost and the correct postage must be paid. Refunds are for the order amount minus our incurred postage expense. Statutory rights are not affected. For exchanges, our standard postage rate is charged. Click here for more details, returns address and instructions on how to return to us for refund or exchange.
Should any item purchased from us prove faulty or incorrectly packed on receipt, then please return it to us, and we will replace it or refund, including refunding your UK 1st class postage expense back to us. This does not affect your legal statutory rights. Click here for instructions on how to return to us.
We reserve the right to charge an admin fee of up to £5 for handling of returned goods sent in contravention of our policies (here). Volume discounted orders are deemed business to business transactions and different terms and conditions apply.
Standard goods bought from the website may be returned for exchange or refund within 7 days of purchase. Goods must be returned to us unused, in original undamaged product bag and with labels intact within 7 days of purchase. Please include the original order number and details of your requirements. The best way to do this is to enclose our delivery note back in with the goods in outer packaging (i.e. not within the product bag), with a note written on it indicating what is required instead. Items are returned to us at customers own expense, and the correct postage must be paid. Our mailing sacks are usually re-usable with parcel tape. The address to send to is:
Evexar Compression Advisory Ltd.
30 Dulwich Road
We require that you let us know by email if you are returning any goods to us. This ensures that we are expecting your package; helps us to manage our stock levels effectively and allows to organise availability of any exchange goods. Please email email@example.com and include:
We do charge postage for exchanges. This is calculated at our standard postage rate for the replacement item. Credit card details must be supplied to make this payment. If your order was originally paid for by cheque, when sending goods back, please enclose a cheque made out to 'Compression Advisory' for an amount equivalent to your 1st class cost of sending the returned goods back to us.
We are unable to make amendments to an order once the order has been processed and the email confirmation has been sent to the consumer. If the consumer would like for an amendment to be made, such as an exchange or cancellation, it is the responsibility of the consumer to return the product and detail this. No amendments can be made to special order items after the order has been processed and confirmed.
We are unable to make cancellations to special order items once the order has been confirmed. We refund standard items minus our direct postal expenses. This is also what it will cost you to return the goods to us 1st class. For card payment, the refund is made directly to the card, card details will need to be supplied and we will email you to confirm when this has been actioned. The payment then takes 2-3 days to clear back to your card.
Should any item purchased from us prove faulty on receipt, then please contact us by email as described above, prior to returning the goods to us and we will respond with instructions for return of the goods to us for inspection. Once the fault is confirmed, the goods will be replaced or refunded and any first class postage incurred reimbursed.
Incorrectly packaged goods.
If you receive goods sent incorrectly, please let us know immediately by email and we will contact you as per faulty goods to resolve the error and get the correct items off to you by return.
Statutory rights are not affected. Goods returned requiring excess postage on receipt will not be accepted and will be returned to sender. We reserve the right to charge an admin fee of up to £5 for handling of returned goods sent in contravention of any of the above policies.
Compression Advisory are committed to protecting your privacy.
When you order from us, we gather information as follows:
We will however never pass on your details to any third party.
We take online security extremely seriously and have taken several steps to ensure that your payment information is processed confidentially and accurately.
Compression Advisory offer the use of secure servers where information is protected by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), the industry standard encryption technology. SSL works with Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, AOL and other browsers. This encryption makes it virtually impossible for unauthorised parties to read any information that you send us.
When your order is processed your encrypted credit card number is removed from the web server.
This means that there is no way that someone can obtain your credit card number from Compression Advisory so you can order with confidence.
Please be aware that in the interests of credit card security you may be contacted prior to the dispatch of your order with a request for additional information.
For orders placed from within the EU prices include VAT (Value Added Tax) charged at the rate appropriate to the destination country of the order. VAT does not apply to orders that are to be shipped outside the E.U. or to Tax Free areas such as the Channel Islands. These areas will be priced and billed with VAT deducted. Please note that local tax and customs duty may apply. For full details please consult your local Customs office.
If you select a currency or a delivery country outside the E.U., prices will be displayed VAT free.
Whilst we do our best to ensure prices are up to date and correct, errors may occur and in this case you will be contacted before your order is shipped.
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