ers used nine different materials, including fabrics that stretch four ways to tightly cling to the pads. Other parts of the jerseys in- clude stretch-fit materials to eliminate grab points for the opposition or ventilation zones defined by lab testing. During the 2014 World Cup

in the heat of Brazil, Puma used brand-new taping and com- pression in uniform tops to strategically “micro-massage” specific areas of the skin dur- ing competition. The idea was to reduce muscle vibration and fatigue during the 90-minute games. “By fusing athletic taping and compression, what we cre- ate is a system that enables fast- er energy supply to the muscles through the stimulation of the skin,” says Jordi Beneyto Ferre, Puma innovation designer. Adidas created a total kit

(the European word for a player’s uniform) at just 8.8 ounces (250 grams), a 40-percent reduction from what was previously avail- able for World Cup teams. By designing with ultra-light polyester, adidas engineered in moisture-wicking materials, compression, and stretch materials.

Chile was one of six World Cup

teams who turned to Puma’s “micro- massage” uniforms to stay cool in Brazil.

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