Summary: Studies show that what you wear has a significant effect on exercise and athletic performance. The right gear increases confidence directly improves performance, provides protection and allows freedom of movement.
Currently, much of the mainstream media coverage of exercise and sports performance places a lot of emphasis on routines and diet. None of this focus is misplaced. However, there is a growing body of evidence that shows what you wear has just a big an effect on performance, whether it is in the gym or out on the soccer field. Here are a few ways what you wear can affect how you perform:
Confidence is important for any athletic activity. However, it is particularly important in competitive sport. The performance improvement between a player who knows he is using the right gear, and one who is not, is significant.
Some athletic clothing has a direct bearing on performance. Modern soccer jerseys are made using synthetic wicking fabric which works to dissipate sweat, keeping the player dry. Several studies show how players kept up a higher level of performance for longer with modern jerseys.
The biggest difference between the right and wrong gear is safety. The right gear will provide and prevent injury. The correct shoes will provide stability and support while preventing blisters, slipping, and cramps.
Lastly, the right clothing can provide the freedom of movement a player needs to thrive on the pitch. Clothing should be more than just loose fitting. Instead, you need clothing that will give you the ability to use your complete range of motion.