The Wales squad in Under Armour compression gear which will be worn for the warm up session and underneath first team jerseys by Warren Gatland's men at Twickenham this afternoon.
The Welsh Rugby Union plan to give their training efforts a boost when they wear Under Armour compression gear during pre-match warm-up this afternoon.
Compression gear, which is ultra-tight fitting like a "second-skin", is gaining credibility in the sports world as yet another way for athletes to gain a performance edge during training sessions and matches. The gear can also aid the muscle-recovery process when worn post-workout.
Compression gear is the cornerstone of Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE: UA), the US-based leader in performance apparel and footwear and the Official Technical Partner to the Welsh Rugby Union.
The Welsh team can expect to receive four key benefits while wearing their Under Armour compression gear during their warm-up session.
Increased power and stamina: compression reduces muscle fatigue and maintains power output by reducing muscle vibration and correctly aligning muscles - the athlete stays stronger for longer. Enhanced proprioception: compression increases muscle efficiency by improving the body's recognition of muscle patterns and spatial awareness - the body knows its place in space.
Faster recovery: compression worn post-activity reduces swelling, decreases soreness time and promotes muscle repair by creating a healing environment around muscles and the circulatory system - it gets the muscles back to full strength faster. Superior comfort: Under Armour compression wicks moisture to keep the athlete 53% lighter than cotton after 60 minutes of athletic performance, it also speeds evaporation to regulate the athlete's core temperature - the athlete stays cool, dry, and light.
Ahead of today's contest with England, the team wants to take advantage of every performance edge available to them. The Wales - England matchup is always a key game in the tournament; spectators are assured a major effort from both teams with every player put to the test. It is for this sort of activity exactly that Under Armour Performance gear was designed.
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