SKINS COMPRESSION FOR AMERICAN FOOTBALL
American Football is a high-intensity, high-energy contact sport that requires strength and speed. When playing American Football, you use four key muscle groups: your calf muscles, quadriceps, glutes, and arms. And there a quite a few things to be aware of when you hit the field, such as energy loss through increased vibrations in the muscles, sluggish performance, tears, and lack of thermo-regulation of your muscles.
It’s proven that wearing SKINS during intense activity such as American Football can improve performance in several ways. SKINS support your muscles and assist you with dynamic movements. Due to the wrapping of the muscles (and the support), SKINS reduces muscle oscillation. Muscle oscillation is the muscle movement that happens when vibrations occur as your foot hits the ground. SKINS also helps performance with assisting blood flow by applying the correct amount of pressure to your veins because blood flow is accelerated, it means more oxygen can be delivered to active muscles. More blood flow and oxygen means waste products like lactic acid (the stuff that makes you sore the next day) are more efficiently flushed from your muscles.
WHAT TO WEAR AND WHY
Calves, Quads & Glutes
Maximise blood-flow and muscle support.
Quads & Glutes
Reduce muscle vibration and distortion.
CALF TIGHTS OR SOCKS
Support and stabilise the lower leg for reduced injury risk.
LONG SLEEVE TOP
Maximise chest expansion, assist with blood return to the heart, and support forearms and biceps.
Stabilise forearms for less chance of eccentric movement as you get tired.
Top tip: Long Tights are great for the overall protection of your lower half; however, you can gain specific control of the calves, hamstrings, and glutes needed for the explosive nature of Football from combining Calf Tights and Powershorts. Fun fact, the new SERIES SKINS POWERSHORT (coming soon!) was developed with an international rugby team. They provide strong support for the hamstrings and glutes, allowing players to be quicker in the first 4 seconds of the sprint. Applying that same premise to American Football, with the addition of Calf Tights, will definitely provide the player with an advantage on the field.
SHOP AMERICAN FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE PIECES
#1 RULE: RECOVERY IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS PERFORMANCE.
Without recovery, there is no performance. Your muscles get broken down every time you step on the ice, and if you don’t allow yourself to recover properly, you put yourself at risk of injury. Recovery is about applying the correct amount of pressure to passive muscles. This is why the graduated compression levels we apply to the working muscles with our performance garments are different from our recovery garments. These muscles need the correct compression to help with the flow of oxygen, which accelerates repair.
– Wear your Travel & Recovery Long Tights for at least 3-5 hours post-run. If you can leave them on for longer, do it!
– Improve your performance, in bed. Wear your Travel & Recovery Long Tights during sleep.
– If you’re unable to get your Travel & Recovery Long Tights on straight away (post-run) use your Calf Tights or Socks until you can wear your Long Tights.
– Wear your Arm Sleeves for 3-5 hours post-run.
– When travelling to and from competition wear your Travel & Recovery Long Tights AND your Arm Sleeves.
– If it’s not practical to wear your Travel & Recovery Long Tights, put on your Calf Tights or Socks.