Spurs fight fatigue with socks



The Spurs are amassing a small wardrobe of performance and recovery gear. (Photo courtesy of the 2XU website)

Along with all the other minutiae involved in hopping on a short flight to Houston right after last night’s 115-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Spurs players did something they always do, and yet haven’t done before. They put on some socks.

“Big deal,” you might say, “It’s December, they should always wear socks.” This is true, and I’m not even going to go into the hygiene aspects involved in not wearing that thin piece of cloth between your feet and shoes, especially after a professional basketball game. No, these socks are a little different.

From the organization that brought you the Training Bro (not its actual name), comes the 2XU Compression Socks (their actual name). According to its website, 2XU Compression Socks are designed to aid in recovery from strenuous athletic activity, like, you know, playing an NBA game.

2XU’s graduated compression technology boasts regulated pressure throughout all garments to deliver performance benefits during and post exercise. By enhancing circulation through increased venous function, more oxygenated blood is delivered to the muscles that need it most. At the same time, by-products created by exercise, such as lactic acid, are flushed from the muscles to reduce fatigue and decrease recovery time.

Deep Vein Thrombosis is a condition that mainly affects the lower body and is associated with long periods of travel or inactivity. 2XU Compression garments enhance blood flow in these areas through enhanced venous return, reducing the risk of DVT.

Every player that I saw dressing last night was rolling up these pairs of socks, that go about knee high, before they hopped on the team bus to the airport. Matt Bonner told me after the game that the team instructed the players to wear them to help with circulation on the high elevation of the team flight. Bonner seemed unclear how often the would be wearing these socks, but said that they would wear them definitely when traveling after the first night of a back-to-back.

Who knows if these socks will help the Spurs stay a little fresher for tonight’s game against the Rockets. If anything, it’s so early in the season that it may not matter and the team might not see the effects of wearing them until later in the schedule. Maybe it’s another placebo effect. But they’re just socks, so it can’t hurt, right?


  • Anonymous

    Is it just this year the Spurs are using these compression socks?  Have you heard any feed back as to how well they work?

    Thanks for the information by the way.  In getting older and in the business I’m in…these look promising.  I’ve tried other compression socks that didn’t quite work as well as anticipated.  If they can help nba players, hopefully they’ll work for what I do.

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    This is the first, they weren’t wearing them last season.

  • Ron

    Since when did 29-December morph into January?

    Anyway, these are just fancy versions of the “support hose” that nurses and *old* people have been wearing for 100 years.

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    Whoa, good call. I’m getting a little ahead of myself. Gonna fix that right now. Apparently once Christmas is over, it’s automatically January to me.

  • spursfanbayarea

    Throw those socks away!! After the first half it looks like it made our guys lose their legs. 

  • Anonymous

    Yeah.  It looks like it’s going to take more than just socks to help on these BTB games.

    And I don’t know about anybody else but I don’t think I’ve ever seen TD play as bad as he did last night.  He’s had off games before…but never played that bad before.  This has got to be a concern.  If he can’t muster at least a decent game in a btb this season…the Spurs are only stuck with Splitter and Blair as decent bigs in a game.

  • spursfanbayarea

    With this schedule, duncan will need to sit out at least 10 games in my opinion. He can not play 3 games in 4 nights anymore. His legs were shot. His shots were all blocked. Father time is as they say undefeated. The key is to get duncan to the playoffs healthy where the schedule is not as brutal and there are no back to backs. We need to get another big body for those third games. Literally any big body will do. 

  • Rowrbazzle

    Yup. Mrs. Rowrbazzle regularly wears compression socks while working at the hospital. She says they help. Makes sense that they’d be good for post-game travel.