Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has become a very popular sport today. The kind of attire that you wear when competing in this sport is very special, though this may not be apparent to the untrained eye. When you see these fighters on the television, you may not think that the MMA shorts that they wear are anything other than the ordinary shorts that you may buy at the store. However, these shorts are specially designed to withstand the rigorous nature of the sports and provide the fighters with the comfort to perform at peak levels.
MMA shorts are designed to provide maximum comfort, and free movement. Here are some of the features that are manufactured into the shorts to allow this:
On the inside of the shorts, you will find a stretch panel, made of spandex, which allows unlimited stretching. This material allows the fighters to move freely without tearing or ripping apart. The stretch panel also allows expansion whenever great pressure is exerted on them, acting as a shock absorber. If the shorts were made of a tough material, then they would be very uncomfortable for the fighters to wear.
The shorts have split seams which allow the shorts to be worn by people with different thigh sizes. This seam also enhances the ability to allow unrestricted movement, letting the fighter go through his paces freely. When the fighters are in close engagement, they usually pull and tug at each other, and the split seams help in stopping the ripping of the shorts.
MMA shorts are made of a lightweight material that is also quick-drying. They have the ability to pull moisture away from the skin, thus reducing the amount of sticking that may occur due to sweating. This further enhances the free movement of the fighters.
MMA shorts have a rubberized waistband, to allow the shorts to grasp the fighter's waist better. Any weaker waist band will cause the short to swing around, causing plenty of discomfort, especially in the groin area. This feature allows the fighters to concentrate on the sport, without having to keep adjusting the shorts.
MMA shorts have dual-Velcro fastening, in addition to the string fastener. This feature enhances the fitting of the shorts, once again, to enable fighter to engage without having to adjust their shorts.
These are some of the features that make MMA shorts special. So next time you see two MMA fighters going hard at each other, you should respect the fact that they are able to do so, due to the special shorts that they are wearing.