In BJJ, rash guards are an essential piece of gear. The use of rash protection during training and competition, especially among female athletes, cannot be overstated. As well as looking great and adding some flair to your training, women’s BJJ rash guards have plenty of benefits on the mat. These include:
Protection Against Mat Burns
When you’re rolling, you can often get a “rug burn” from the friction of the mat against your skin. This can create open wounds that are painful and can keep you off the mat. Mat burn is a reality of the sport but wearing a rash guard can protect your skin from unnecessary damage.
Keeping You Covered
When you're grappling, a regular t-shirt may roll up, exposing your skin and/or other sensitive areas. Rash guards help keep you covered because they are constructed of smooth material and are fitted closely to the skin. They can be great to wear under the gi if you’re looking for more coverage of your chest and stomach or alone in no-gi.
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By compressing your muscles, a rash guard shields you from other acute injuries, as well as protecting your skin from minor cuts. In no-gi form fitting rash guards can also prevent body parts from getting caught in the fabric of loose clothing, getting your toe caught in someones t-shirt can cause quick and unexpected injury.
Regular t-shirts hold too much sweat that can become heavy and stretchy while you’re rolling. Rash guards are made of a polyester and spandex fabric blend that helps manage perspiration. You'll be able to grip more effectively because your hands will be dry and your sweat will be confined. And trust us your training partners will thank you!
The best defense against bacteria is to avoid skin injuries like burns and cuts. But keeping your skin covered can also protect you from staph, mersa, and ringworm. By wearing a rash guard you avoid skin-to-skin contact, and protect yourself against contracting an infection from another fighter.
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