What to Look for in Athletic Apparel

Every year manufacturers spend millions of dollars on the research of human biomechanics in an effort to design and create apparel for the sports enthusiast. Because what you, the athlete, choose to put on your body and feet will ultimately affect your game and your overall health.

Combating Heat

When temperatures rise, wearing 100% cotton can cause you to begin overheating, and therefore losing your ability to be physically active. Remember the skin is the largest organ of the body—and your built-in cooling system because heat dissipates through your pores, i.e. sweating. Depending on the fabric of your clothing, this sweat could result in your clothes sticking to you after becoming heavy, preventing cooling. Dark colored fabric also absorbs heat, and will add to your problem.

TIPS:

  • Wear light-colored clothing
  • Wear clothing made of a breathable material
  • Check the label; has the material been treated to “wick” sweat away from your skin
  • Wear a light-colored hat
  • Sweatbands can also be critical/helpful on your wrists and forehead to prevent grip from slipping on equipment or sweat dripping in your eyes

Cold Weather Sports

If your preferred sport involves snow, ice, or otherwise colder than normal temperatures, wearing multiple layers of clothing will trap heat in, keeping you warm when engaging in outdoor sports. Gloves will give you a better grip than mittens; however, mittens generate more heat by keeping your fingers closer together. The fastest way to lose body heat is through the top of the head. Wear a hat to prevent this, and don’t forget a scarf to ensure cold air doesn’t chafe your throat.

A Comfortable Athlete is a Successful Athlete

Too tight. Too loose. Avoid apparel which falls under either of those categories. If your accessories or clothing are too tight, then your movements will be restricted. In addition, you could be cutting off circulation without realizing it. By the same token, if any of your gear is too loose, then you could be at risk for injury.

TIPS:

  • Shorts, pants, and other warmup or workout clothing shouldn’t ride up or slip down when you run or jump
  • Caps or visors should be snug but unable to easily dislodge
  • A sports bra, jockstrap, or protective cup can decrease discomfort during games in addition to preventing potential injuries.

Start With a Solid Foundation

Every sport is different, and as such, so is the footwork involved. Some sports require you move in one direction, with minimal footwork, while others—like tennis—can have you stopping, starting, and shifting all within moments of each other. Choosing the right shoe and ensuring the right fit is crucial in preventing blisters and foot cramps, and also guarantees adequate support for the shape of your foot.

 

From shoes to clothing to accessories, Elysium Tennis’ Pro Shop has friendly, knowledgeable personnel waiting to help. We’ll answer your questions and get you on the court in no time!

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