why do soccer players wear sports bras

Go on, say mansierre one more time. Australian rugby fans watching the match yesterday were treated to a mid-match surprise when halfback Trent Hodkinson whipped off his shirt to reveal a tight, cropped black tank top or, as, a sports bra. The garment was not, in fact, designed to keep his pecs in place. Instead, it is meant to keep his high-tech
in place. The vest holds a small player tracking unit that s worn really tight under the jersey to quantify the demands of the game, and that data is used as a benchmark for training and to dictate recovery protocols, Damien Hawes, international sales manager for GPSports, which makes the device, an Australian news site.

The tracking device used to be worn as a harness, but the straps irritated athletes under the armpit and caused chaffing, so the new design of the compression vest is much more comfortable. GPSports sells the $2,000 tracking units, with accompanying compression vests, to teams including the NFL s Seattle Seahawks to the Premier League s Chelsea football club, he said.

Still, even company executives refer to it as the bro, Hawes admitted, a reference to that first aired in February 1995 and shows no sign of being forgotten, ever. Rugby fans on Twitter traded jibes with #bro #croptop and #sportsbra hashtags, and a morning radio DJ from Central Queensland to wear one himself the following day if Queensland lost. (They did, so Paul Browny Brown, you better be wearing one right now). Jokes aside, the reaction to GPSports tracking device highlights one of the problems of wearable technology the ridicule factor.

No matter how many in Google Glass, there s no getting around the fact that in the real world, you re pretty much wearing weird-looking glasses with a camera on them (which in the people around you). Last year s clunky, dorky smart watches were as Quartz reported, and the promised in wearable tech is even worse. Despite the public ridicule that Hodkinson got after taking off his shirt, he was probably treated much more kindly in the locker room.

GPSports said the entire Queensland team, and their opponents, were suited up in man bras er, compression vests. True story: I was once on a medication for four years to help with ADHD and two years into my taking it it was discovered the drug causes literal man boobs. I was never told this, so by the time I was 12 I thought I was turning into a woman. I got off that drug ASAP. Now, there is a current trend in soccer of players wearing sports bras under their skin-tight jerseys.

Soccer players are wearing these undergarments to place high tech trackers on themselves so they can see every little advanced metric. Created by Catapult Sports, these monitors are fitness trackers on steroids, and top clubs like Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich have all bought in. Yes this is rather weird that dudes are playing soccer in bras, but it is certainly a lot less weird than what happened to me. [via