Olympic Uniforms made
of 'smart' textiles
The Olympic Games are underway and athletes
are suiting up to get ready for competition. An athlete's
uniform serves a purpose greater than signifying what
country they represent.
According to UW Madison Assistant Professor
of Textile and Apparel Design, many athlete's uniforms are
'smart' textiles- meaning the uniform is actually a piece of
technology that can aid the athlete in competition.
Nearly every sport uses some kind of
e-textile to aid in athletic performance, whether that be in
training, performing, or recovering.
"Muscle-healing textiles are textiles that
can help your muscles sort of recover faster. In a way,
that's about performance, but it is about healing quicker
post-performance so you're ready for that next work out.
That it is not about the moment of the action or the sport,
but how can we recover faster and a lot of textiles focus on
whether its heat and vibration. Subtle vibrations that can
go into your skin and sort of massage your muscles. So, I
think there is a lot on the forefront of recovery.
Compression, vibration, heat...a lot of sensory responsive
textiles," Fairbanks said.