HOW TO DRESS FOR FOOTBALL WHEN IT’S COLD?
With the cold and the winter, a question arises: How to dress well to play football without being cold? We explain it all to you.
Anyone who has played outdoor sports in their life knows that it is particularly difficult to get motivated to go to training when it is cold. While we all know someone for whom the cold is not a problem as they will play all year round in shorts and without gloves, many sportsmen and women, especially footballers, dread this winter period.
However, even without taking a hot water bottle to your next training session, it is very easy to get through the winter. In just two minutes, we give you some simple tips that have been tried and tested.
HOW TO STOP BEING COLD?
When trying to fight the cold, we tend to make mistakes. The first (and most common) mistake is to put on more layers of protective clothing. However, you should know that this technique is anything but effective! On the one hand, it will give you the impression of having become a Michelin man and on the other hand, it will only protect you from the cold sparingly and will therefore be more embarrassing than effective. Indeed, in the middle of an effort, you will sweat and your 12 T-shirts will absorb this perspiration and your clothes will become damp and therefore inevitably cold. You will then have the opposite of what you were looking for at the start.
To be in good training conditions and without being cold, a technique is used in most sports and is the most effective, the three-layer technique.
- The baselayer
- The thermal layer (fleece, wool, down)
- The protective layer (waterproof)
THE THREE-LAYER TECHNIQUE, IS ALWAYS EFFECTIVE
Three layers. This is how we recommend you equip yourself to fight the cold. But be careful, these layers are not the cotton t-shirts you might take in normal conditions or that good old football shirt you like to use during your sessions. No, these three layers will only be effective if they are combined.
1st layer: breathable
Baselayer, under layer. Call it what you like but this technical piece is the first link in the chain. Close to the skin, its main action is to evacuate the perspiration caused by the effort. Thus, the cooling effect of the body temperature will be reduced.
2nd layer: thermal
As its name suggests, the second layer is designed to keep you warm and insulate your body from the cold outside. Often made of wool, fleece, or down, this second layer should be used close to the body but not too tightly so as not to lose its insulating effect.
3rd layer: protective
When we think of cold, we often associate it with the wind. And it is precisely to respond to this cold-wind combination that the third layer is interesting. Indeed, the third layer aims to be waterproof and windproof to prevent moisture from entering. However, be careful not to use your good old K-Way that you have kept preciously since your childhood. Instead, choose technologies that are waterproof AND breathable. Gore-Tex is probably the best known in this field and has the qualities to be your third layer.
So while this three-layer system has proven itself in the past, it is important to understand that it can be modified to suit different needs. For example, if it is windy but not very cold, the thermal layer is not required. On the other hand, if it is cold but sunny and not windy, you can largely leave the protective layer in the cloakroom.
GLOVE, HAT, NECK WARMER, THE ESSENTIALS
Once your body is protected against the cold, it is also important not to forget your extremities. We’ve all heard our grandmother tell us that you catch a cold through your feet. And since prevention is better than cure, the use of gloves, a hat and a neck warmer is very effective. Apart from the desire to be warm, there is nothing more unpleasant than having frozen hands. For the upper body, many brands have recently developed products to specifically cover the neck and lower face. Nike’s Strike neck warmer is one such product.
BONUS: STAY HYDRATED!
Once you’ve decided on your anti-cold weather gear, there’s another important piece of advice to take into account, and that is to stay hydrated. Indeed, the mere fact of breathing fresh air accelerates dehydration. It is therefore strongly advised to drink before you are thirsty and in small sips.