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Performance gear includes all types of products and services aimed at helping athletes improve their performance. Performance gear is constantly evolving, and it's a hot area for innovation. A steady stream of new products flows to the market, all promising to help athletes get better. Apparel [e.g., sweat-wicking fabrics, compression shorts]; shoes [e.g., basketball sneakers, baseball cleats]; training tools [e.g., speed ladders, hurdles]; and accessories [e.g., heart rate monitors, mouth guards] are just a few of the categories of gear intended to help athletes train and compete at peak levels.

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Settling the Fitness Controversy of Barefoot Running

When Vibram FiveFingers shoes hit the market over a decade ago, they kicked off a trend with far-reaching consequences – barefoot running – and despite...

Firm Footing: How Footwear Impacts Athletic Performance

At some point or another within their careers, athletes fall prey to "paralysis by analysis." They become entangled within a nebula of minutia, scr...

Why The 'Axe' Bat Is Taking Over Major League Baseball

For over a century, the shape of the baseball bat has remained mostly unchanged. It's a symmetrical, cylindrical stick that tapers from the barrel ...

The Insole That's Helping Top Prospects Put Up Mind-Blowing Numbers at the NFL Combine

Quinnen Williams had done it. In 4.87 seconds—the time it took him to run his first 40-Yard Dash at the 2019 NFL Combine—he'd solidified himsel...

3 Weight Room Equipment Hacks That Can Help You Do More With Less

You don't need to own a gym stuffed with expensive equipment to design versatile and effective workouts. Sometimes, all you need is a little creativit...

Amateur Sports Teams Are Gaining an Edge With GPS Technology

GPS technology has long been a staple at the highest levels of sport. Pro teams around the globe have spent small fortunes on equipment designe...

Why Every Person Who Strength Trains Should Know—And Love—Micro Plates

Remember those magical "beginner gains" you experienced for the first few months when you started lifting? You'd set a personal best on the Bench P...

Everything You Need to Know About Lifting Straps

Grip strength often becomes a limiting factor with exercises like Hang Power Cleans, Deadlifts and Rows once an athlete becomes fairly strong. Simp...

Why Smaller Basketballs and Lower Hoops Are Crucial for Young Players

A kid picks up a sport. Their parents rush to put them on a plan that will culminate with a coveted full-ride scholarship offer by age 18. Sudde...

7 Gadgets Star Athletes Can't Live Without

Gadgets. The pieces of technology that make our lives easier, more informed, and more entertaining. Professional athletes love their gizmos ...

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