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Friday, September 7, 2012

The Importance of Choosing the Right Socks in Softball and Volleyball

Circle All Sport Crew Sock
Athletic crew socks are incredibly important for a competitor. Most athletes overlook the importance of socks, but socks can prevent injury and keep an athlete in the game longer. John Wooden, the famous UCLA basketball coach, would teach his incoming freshman how to put their socks on properly. It was his first lesson for them. Whether an athlete needs softball crew socks or volleyball crew socks, it's critical to choose the right kind.

The first thing to consider is the material. Different materials do different things to the feet. Here are a few things to contemplate:

These socks will not hold elasticity very long, but the material will provide protection. Cotton is not good at eliminating moisture so your feet may become drenched and susceptible to friction. This material may provide good protection from the dirt in the form of softball crew socks.

Wool is old-school. This material sucks up moisture and the material shrinks when it's wet. Wool provides quality temperature control, but unless you want to be swimming in your foot's sweat, it is advisable to avoid it.

This synthetic material provides a good hold on your foot and ankle. Acrylic is great at wicking moisture and managing friction. This material would make a good option for volleyball crew socks. The material will hold through the constant lateral movement and will help prevent blistering.

Olefin and Polyester 
These synthetic materials are very strong and great at eliminating foot sweat. The downside of these materials is that they tend to store up the smell that an athlete's feet produce. Elasticity is also a problem. If a tight fit and protection is important than these materials will serve well.

The build quality is important for choosing the right athletic crew socks. Volleyball demands a high level of lateral movement and the right socks should reflect this. Volleyball crew socks tend to have a lower heel. This eases constriction on the ankle and allows for free, quick lateral movement.

Softball crew socks need stability. Stability promotes a firm stance on the ground and allows the player to hit a ball farther or pitch a ball faster. A higher heel will lock the ankle into place and add a touch strength to the joint. Stability will take some of the pressure off of the ankle and may prevent injury.

The look of the sock is also important. The right color will match the team's uniform and the right cut will make the athlete look a little better. Looking better breeds confidence and confidence can lead to success on the field.

Choosing the right athletic crew socks can show the coach that the athlete cares about the little things. John Wooden said that his players’ shoes might come untied if he didn't know how to put his socks on properly. If his shoes came untied then he'd lose playing time and affect the team. The little things can have a big impact.


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