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Dressing for Winter Athletics

  1. Check the Humidity and Wind
    1. While temperature is very important when participating in winter sports, humidity can also affect how warm/cold you feel. So check the humidity prior to your practice/workout.
  2. Layer Clothing Properly
    1. The base layer of clothing should wick away moisture, like microfiber, polyester, or fine merino wool that isn’t scratchy.
    2. DO NOT wear cotton. It will retain water and stick to your body.
    3. The second layer should be thermal in order to keep in the heat.
    4. The third and final layer should be something that is light but blocks the wind. (Example: a windbreaker will block the wind without adding additional bulk.)
  3. Bulk
    1. Start with a few layers and add extra layers if you remain cold after the warm-up. If you begin with too many layers, you may overheat and sweat. When you remove layers to cool down, you may be at a higher risk of becoming ill due to the sweat.
  4. Bulk Pt. 2
    1. Wearing too many layers may create pressure points and constrict blood flow. (It’s much better to wear a moisture-wicking wool sock than two layers of cotton socks.)
    2. The additional layers may also slow you down.
  5. Choose the Correct Eyewear (if Necessary)
    1. Yellow, pink, or clear lenses will better allow you to see your environment compared to polarized lenses.
  6.  Don’t Forget to Hydrate!
    1. Just because it isn’t warm out doesn’t mean our bodies don’t need water and electrolytes. Drink water before, during, and after practice to keep your body functioning properly during activity regardless of the weather.