Athletes bundle up for cold weather

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Athletes bundle up for cold weather

Andrew Matherly layers up with a hoodie and sweatpants.

Andrew Matherly layers up with a hoodie and sweatpants.

Andrew Matherly layers up with a hoodie and sweatpants.

Andrew Matherly layers up with a hoodie and sweatpants.

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Winter sports are kicking into full gear soon, so teams are beginning to practice outside. The temperature is gradually declining as the days go by and the sun goes down, which can result in a chilly practice if one is unprepared. Having the proper attire is very important while practicing outside in the cold and dressing right is proven to directly affect how you perform. Layering your clothing is the best way to be warm while practicing in cold weather.

“I have to layer up because I get cold a lot,” junior Brooke Bobetich said.

A popular piece of attire for athletes to wear is a tight shirt, such as Under Armour “ColdGear,” which helps keep them warm. The compression shirts work well if layered underneath a jacket or hoodie, or even under a jersey in a game. Compression clothing is supposed to be tight, so it should hug your body in order to keep you warm.

“Try to keep as much skin as possible away from direct contact with the cold,” senior Andrew Matherly said.

Track pants or athletic leggings are a must when the temperatures start to get frigid. Having longer pants rather than shorts helps keep athletes warm while offering breathable protection. Cotton should be avoided if possible because these garments absorb sweat and stay wet.

Wearing a fleece sweatshirt or a water/windproof jacket is a great way to layer at a practice. Reducing wind chill is important because as the wind speed increases, the air temperature decreases. This can lead to heat loss, which is not good for your health.

Gloves are beneficial for athletes, especially for sports like lacrosse, where players need to use their hands to grip their stick. If their hands are too cold, it can make maintaining a good grip difficult. A lightweight glove is the best option, especially one made specifically for athletic use.

When it starts to get colder outside, layering becomes even more important. Many coaches encourage their players to bundle up, because in some cases if players are not dressed appropriately, they are not allowed to practice. This can impact players because they are expected to attend practices; consequently, missing practices can have a negative effect on playing time.

“If you want to stay healthy and fit while you’re training during the winter, then I’d recommend that you wear as many layers as you can,” Matherly said.

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