The Importance of Base Layers in Football

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The Importance of Base Layers in Football

Base layers, or compression wear as it is also known, is a tight fitting layer of clothing worn under your jersey against your skin. They are made of a specific material which helps to absorb perspiration, ensuring that you don’t carry around unnecessary moisture when playing or training.

Base layers are meant to be like a second skin, which means they offer a pretty snug fit. When you’re picking your base layer, you want it to feel tight but it still needs to give you the flexibility you need to move. Getting the fit right is important as this is the reason it has so many benefits. A base layer holds the body in the correct position. Wearing a top will help with your posture and ensure you keep your form throughout a match. It will also help open up the chest which allows you to take in more oxygen.

An added benefit of the skin-tight fit of a base layer is that it can help prevent chaffing and rubbing. Wearing an additional layer means you have no worries about staying comfortable for an entire match or training session.

Assists With Blood Flow
Wearing a base layer can help improve the flow of blood around your body. Oxygen fuels your muscles which is why your heart pumps oxygenated blood around your body. Under normal circumstances, the oxygen is delivered quickly enough for the muscles to produce the energy they need. When you exercise, the heart struggles to pump blood quickly enough. This means your muscles start having to produce energy in an alternative way. When this happens, there ends up being a build-up of lactic acid. This is what causes the burning sensation in your muscles during intense exercise.

How do you prevent this build-up? Your body needs to deliver oxygen more efficiently during exercise. This is where a base layer can help you. Compression clothing is often graduated, which mean they are created to be tighter at the extremities. This promotes blood flow back to the heart which means the whole process is sped-up. The quicker your heart can pump oxygen to your muscles, the longer you can keep going. A baselayer will help you go further and harder during your exercise.

Improve Your Recovery
And base layers are not just useful during exercise. Wearing an item of compression wear after a football match or training session can help increase recovery times. It means your body is able to remove built-up lactic acid quicker, allowing your muscles to recover faster.

Lose The Sweat
Exercise causes us to sweat. Wearing materials that absorb sweat is not ideal for an intense football match or training session. Base layers are a great addition to your football kit thanks to their moisture-wicking material. This means that the shirt’s material draws sweat away from the body and pushes the moisture to the outside of the top. In turn, this makes it easier for it to be evaporated from the body.

Playing a 90-minute football match in hot weather can lead to a player losing up to a kilo of sweat. Wearing a moisture-wicking baselayer will ensure that this isn’t weighing you down as you’re helping your team to victory.

Base layers have nowadays become as much a part of sports kit, particularly football as the shirts themselves. Contrary to popular belief these are not worn by the top players like Wayne Rooney just for show, there is scientific evidence that suggests that wearing base layers improve performance. Wearing a tight-fitting base layer especially when playing football helps to keep your body at the right temperature when playing sports, they aide to wick sweat away from your body. 

Due to the second skin nature of a base layer they also keep your muscles in line, preventing injury. Of course these days the big sports wear brands like Nike and Under Armour have produced a host of all singing, all dancing options with added pads and protection. These are of course great for targeted sports but keeping it simple and investing in a few core options will see you through from sport to sport.


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