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Why elastic bands on football players arms?

Posted Saturday, January 1, 2011, at 8:11 PM

I have been noticing these thin bands on the arms of players lately and wondered what the purpose might be.

At one time I thought it might be like a headband, to reduce sweat on the hands, but 3 of them?, on each arm?

They look like they would quickly get uncomfortable, like a rubber band on a wrist so there must be something beneficial.

Anyone know?


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Found this...

http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/76055

-- Posted by cats4me on Sun, Jan 2, 2011, at 12:34 AM

Thanks Cats4me. Idon't know why I did not do some searching as well.

I can imagine the "fad" thing, like tattoos. I can't believe the amount of tattoos on these guys. I am not impressed by marking the body nor understand why people do that to themselves. Maybe that is another topic.

I can understand sweat better than the other reasons given in that statement. (I know it is not yours) Tendinitis cure is a stretch but thinking quarterbacks key in on the thin lines on their arms seems like an even more of a stretch.

I see them on many players arms, so I am going to vote for 'fad' unless some one comes up with something better.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 2, 2011, at 6:49 PM

It is just a fad thing. My son has worn them in baseball and football for the past 4 years. Not sure who started it. I had to wear a thing like that when I had knee issues in the 90's.

He now wears sleeves when he plays basketball. Kobe and A.I. are known to start that fad. There is a health reason to wear them, but it is just a new thing to sell and market to the kids.

-- Posted by UVilleGators on Sun, Jan 2, 2011, at 10:31 PM

Years ago I remember having rubber bands on mt wrist or fingers. I can not remember why but I remember them eventually bugging the heck out of me and actually hurting a bit.

It would seem to me that these would do the same thing. If they did not, then they would continually slip, which would be annoying either way.

Oh well. I understand young people but adults?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 3, 2011, at 7:24 AM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.