Benefit of perspiration during exercising
Even though it is perceived to be annoying, sweating during physical activity is by no means an unnecessary side effect. The opposite is the case: Evaporation of liquid is both a necessary and effective cooling process for the overheated athlete. During sports, 80 percent of the developing heat is emitted as sweat over the body’s surface. Only 20 percent is directly used towards performance.
Good-quality functional clothing has an efficient perspiration system, in order to ensure that athletes are not hindered by wet clothes that stick to the body, as that would have negative effects on both wearing comfort and health. Particularly during cold and windy weather, a lack of perspiration can lead to slight hypothermia.
Studies prove: Functional wear necessary during high physical strain
Current scientific studies in the department “Function and Care” at the Hohenstein Institutes in Germany examine several sports fabrics in regard to their effect. In order to characterise the perspiration capacity, the so-called ‘skin model’ simulates different degrees of sweating. The data analysis proves the dependency on the clothing’s quality and comfort. Material that is impermeable to sweat can negatively influence the athlete’s performance. But thermo-physiologically optimised clothing adjusts to the different requirements. Fabrics that transport liquid away from the body particularly effectively are used especially at body parts which produce more sweat. Warmth-isolating materials protect other parts from hypothermia. Thereby, functional clothing supports ambitious athletes with reaching their goals in sports.
Officially introduced by the clothing industry in 1987, the “layering”
Inner layer crucial for perspiration
Functional underwear as inner layer has an essential role within the perspiration mechanism of the layer principle. It is supposed to transport liquid away from the skin to improve wearing comfort and prevent hypothermia, especially during the cold seasons. Underwear made of synthetic microfibre (e.g. polyester or polypropylene)
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