Opedix partnered with the University of Denver Human Dynamics Laboratory during the 2014-15 ski season to better understand the mechanics behind the performance of its unique KNEE-Tec 2.0 tights. The tights, available in full- and ¾-length, feature a patented combination of compression and tension to reinforce joints and reduce muscular fatigue.
Using slalom race simulations conducted with nine study-blind athletes from the university’s multiple-time national champion alpine ski team, the study showed that racers wearing KNEE-Tec 2.0 tights were able to achieve greater hip flexion at the initiation of the turn, resulting in a 10-degree greater edge angle, as well as 17-percent less quadriceps activation to steer the skis. Athletes wearing Opedix tights saw peak knee torque reduced by 16 percent over their control results.
“Athletes were able to complete the turn phase faster, with reduced effort and less load on their joints. This research proves what we have known all along: wearing Opedix KNEE-Tec 2.0 tights can help you have a better day on the mountain,” says Vice President of Business Development Brian Cousins. “The benefits of our kinetic health gear are as applicable to the recreational skier, who may fatigue over the course of a full day on the hill, as they are to the champion racers who took part in this experiment.”