Soccer players are often known for shaving or even waxing their legs. There’s a reason that soccer players shave their legs to enhance their performance.
Soccer players shave their legs because of how frequent they get their ankles taped. Taping the ankle directly on the skin provides better support and stability. However taping directly to the skin often painfully rips leg hair, so players shave the leg head to not deal with the issue.
In this article we’re going to show you exactly why soccer players shave their legs.
Athletic Tape Directly On The Skin
Soccer players are consistently cutting back and forth on the field. Soccer is a game of changing directions at high speeds in order to beat the defender.
Consistently changing direction puts a tremendous amount of stress on ligaments, muscles and bone structure.
Soccer cleats are typically low cut, which provide little ankle stability. In order to wear low cut cleats (shown below) and still have ankle stability, soccer players will tape their ankles.
For those unfamiliar with taping ankles, typically pre-wrap is applied to the ankle before the actual white tape. Soccer players play multiple games a week. Instead of using the pre-wrap to secure their ankles, they will use tape directly on the skin.
The athletic tape directly on the skin provides a bit more added support, as it’s secured on to the skin and not the pre-wrap. For men with hairy legs, putting tape directly on to the skin may be fine. However, pulling the tape after a match may hurt the skin.
The tape is strong enough to pull the leg hairs out of your leg. It’s extremely painful and it’s similar to getting waxed. To prevent against this, players will shave their legs. This makes it pain-less to put tape directly on the ankle.
Shaving Legs For Personal Preference
Shaved legs with definition looks good. Soccer players, especially professional ones often have large toned legs. They’re extremely muscular from the frequent kicking and leg exercises they do.
Soccer players wear shorter shorts to they can fully extend their stride, without any interference. Shorter shorts however, expose a good amount of leg as seen in the picture below.
If you take Christiano Ronaldo for an example, his legs are muscular. It was reported he makes an average of $940,000 per Instagram post, mainly because of his good looks and muscular legs.
Soccer players will shave or wax their legs to show off their muscular body.
Shaving Legs For Massages
Soccer players relieve tight muscles from running by getting a deep tissue massage. This requires the masseuse to rub up and down the players leg.
If the player has hairy legs, there may be some discomfort in the massage for the soccer player. It will also make it uncomfortable for the person who is giving the massage.
On the flip side, if the player has shaved legs, the massage will be much easier on both the masseuse and the soccer player. It will require less friction from the massage and will help the player maintain comfort during the entire massage.
Other Reasons Why Soccer Players Shave Their Legs
The other reasons we’re going to explain here often vary from player to player.
The first reason is slide tackling. For players who are consistently on the ground, slide tackling with hairy legs can cause more friction between the surface and the leg, resulting in turf burn or grass burn.
Shaving the legs will make the slide tackle easier and more fluent. We haven’t proved this with any science, it’s a common theme players mention when talking about their shaved legs.
Shin Guards & Socks Easier To Wear
Players have mentioned that smooth legs actually make shin guards and socks more comfortable to wear. Often times the socks can rub up against hairy legs and cause discomfort.
Soccer players that have smooth legs have reported to be more comfortable to players throughout the course of the game. Again, we haven’t tested this idea but have just gathered reasons from soccer players.
Faster & More Aerodynamic
Similar to the reason why swimmers will shave their whole body, soccer players believe that no hair on the body makes them more aerodynamic.
We don’t support this idea and don’t think it makes much of a difference at all. Unless the leg looks like a tree with large leaves, there shouldn’t be much of a difference.
Athletic Tape For Shaving Legs
Are you a soccer player that shaves your legs? It may not seem like the manliest thing to do, but it can help especially with the ankle taping.
Soccer players shave their legs due to the fact they need to directly put athletic tape on their skin. Hair follicles will be pulled out from the tape causing a painful experience if the soccer players decides not to shave.
Players who don’t shave their legs often have to have to wear pre-wrap, which often slides when a player’s leg gets sweaty. Having the tape applied directly to the skin can help for stability purposes.
Male soccer players shaving their legs may not seem like the most masculine thing to do, however the benefits long term are worth doing if you’re consistently getting your ankle taped.
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