Aspaeris designs apparel specifically for females, most especially the developing female as hips develop and muscle mass decreases. The shorts were developed inspired by the number of ACL injuries in the US suffered by women every year. From the website:
Aspaeris Pivot Shorts™ are actually two pairs of shorts bonded together. The Outer Short is a high performance compression short designed to support your muscles. The Inner Short features our breakthrough, Dual Sensory Compression Bands™. These cross-knit bands guide your muscles into the proper position, thereby improving your pivot performance, which helps prevent ACL and hip injuries. Aspaeris is meant to keep your body aligned properly and improve performance. Research has shown that athletes wearing Aspaeris shorts showed reduced Valgus Collapse, better balance, faster sprint times and reduced variability between dominant and non dominant legs.
As you may know, I am currently suffering from an upper hamstring injury and could not wait to try these out for my long runs. They came in the mail hours after I finished my 20-miler a couple of weekends ago and I put them on and wore them around for a couple of hours while we were packing. I felt like they were helpful in recovery and was barely sore the next day. I wore them for 2 short runs the next week and felt great on my runs! My legs felt lighter and really like they were being engaged. You know how they tell you to picture the muscles working as you lift a weight to engage them? I was doing that for my run and felt like I could feel my muscles working to run. Next I wore them for my long run this past weekend and I just felt like they were holding everything together for me. My knees nor hamstring were not bothering me, I was focusing on my form and I believe they helped me to go a little faster than the long run the week before. I really love these shorts and would recommend them to you.
At first, I didn't feel comfortable wearing them alone - but here they are under my running skirt! I actually think they are quite flattering if you wear them alone so go right ahead! The odor shield also works nicely!
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I was provided with a complimentary pair of shorts to review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
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