WHEN it comes to any team sport, expect fatigue to set in every time one is dealing with significant minutes and a short rotation.
The lower body plays a crucial role in maintaining endurance, especially in a physically demanding activity like a close basketball game. In the case of foreign student-athletes in the UAAP, who usually logs the most number of minutes for their respective teams, these college imports have to double their shorts with compression tights for additional support and constant energy consumption.
"I'm more comfortable in games when wearing the compression pants," said the UST Growling Tigers' Beninese big man Soulemane Chabi Yo. "Another reason is that it helps me not to have scratches on my skin whenever I fall down."
These compression pants regulate blood circulation and prevent muscle strain. It also reinforces vulnerable, oft-injured body parts like the knees and calves. Aside from its temperature and sweat regulation features, compression tights are also designed to speed up recovery from muscle soreness.
Check out these wearable performance boosters:
Nike Jordan Dri-FIT 23 Alpha
P1,295, available at Nike stores
adidas Alphaskin Sports 3/4 Tights
Double-double machines will appreciate the Climacool and Alphaskin techs, which offer heat-moisture management and body-hugging maximum support, respectively.
Under Armour Men’s HeatGear Armour Compression Leggings
The HeatGear fabric is lightweight and tough. It has a stretch-mesh gusset, inseam panels, and four-way stretch construction that allows you to move freely in every direction — important for two-way players and transition plays.
P2,795, available at Under Armour stores