FA Cup final Ã¢â‚¬ËœminnowsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Cardiff City will be using the dry land equivalent of the skin tight suits that recently revolutionised swimming for the big match on the 17th.
The team will be wearing high-tech Australian compression clothing called Ã¢â‚¬ËœSkinsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to squeeze an extra yard or two on the Pompey players.
The tops and half-tights will be worn underneath CardiffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s playing kit and are, as their name implies, skin tight. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re designed to compress muscle groups to trigger an acceleration in blood flow which means the Cardiff boys will be getting increased oxygen to their working muscles – resulting in an enhanced performance on the day.
The Championship mid-table underdogs believe the unique outfits could help them Ã¢â‚¬ËœskinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ the elite athletes from the Premiership Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and make lifting the Cup a distinct possibility!
The team has used the clothing throughout its FA Cup campaign for both training and matches.
David Ling from Skins said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“We wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be the first Aussie name to make an impact at an FA Cup Final Ã¢â‚¬â€œ that was Craig Johnston Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but we think weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a great chance of helping Cardiff make historyÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Now, what are skins?
Skins are body-moulded compression performance equipment manufactured from the finest Lycra and Meryl Microfibre, scientifically engineered to provide support and muscle alignment to the smart-fabric covered area of the body. Research reports conducted in Australia have demonstrated the following benefits from wearing Skins:
1. Increases strength and power by 10%.
2. Improves endurance by 15%.
3. Increases venous return (flow of blood back to the heart) by 31%.
4. Increases time to exhaustion by 30%.
5. Removes lactic acid faster.
6. Reduces post-exercise muscle soreness.
7. Improves body temperature control.
Skins are worn by dozens of top sports teams and elite athletes, including Australian international sportsmen Brett Lee and Andrew Symonds (cricket) and Lote Tuquiri (Rugby Union and Rugby League). www.skins.net
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