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New research shows positive results for DMO Sport REPS Shorts

New research is being published showing positive results for DMO Sport’s REPS Pro Shorts, used for the management of groin injuries and pelvic pain.

The research conducted by Leanne Sawle in partnership with Plymouth University examined the use and effectiveness of individually prescribed Dynamic Elastomeric Fabric Orthosis on sub-acute and chronic pelvic-groin conditions.

The study looked at 16 athletes from the UK, including participants from the Football Association, who were randomly allocated to two groups – an intervention group who were prescribed the shorts and wore them during exercise and a waiting list control group who were not prescribed the shorts. The intervention group used the shorts for four weeks and outcome measures were taken by a blind assessor at 2, 4, and 6 weeks. Outcome measures were; the active straight leg raise test, squeeze test, broad jump, and the multiple singe-leg hop stabilisation test.

The results showed that those in the intervention group demonstrated moderate to large estimated effect sizes on all clinical measures (d=0.6–1.1)when wearing the shorts.

The shorts had a particular effect on footballers who participated in the study, who showed large effect sizes (>1) on the balance test and moderate effect sizes (0.5-0.7) on the men’s ASLR test.

Leanne Sawle comments on the study,

“It’s a real milestone in sports performance and rehabilitation to have a product that is able to live up to its claims through the support of scientific research. The effect sizes showed that a full RCT is warranted and the DEFO appears to have benefits for athletes with pelvic-groin pain.”

The shorts work on the principals of pelvic belts which have been around for some time – they provide targeted compression around the hips and pelvis to provide stability, improve function and/or decrease pain. The REPS Pro Shorts incorporate this same technique through their panelling providing a non-intrusive, lightweight and functional apparel which can be worn under conventional sportswear.

Paul Atkinson, head Physiotherapist at professional football team, Plymouth Argyle speaks about the positive effects the shorts have had on some of the players,

“Curtis Nelson, Dominic Blizzard and Reuben Reid have participated in the research, using these compression shorts. Leanne’s research is all about the effects of the shorts and the players have found they have been really beneficial in reducing their long-term groin pain.”

Find out more on the REPS Pro Shorts here

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