My latest post on Wired Playbook went up today, "Titanium Baseball Neckwear Big on Hype, Short on Science", which looks at the science & tech behind the popular rope necklaces that many Major League Baseball players are wearing:
During these 2010 Major League Baseball playoffs, you didn’t have to spend money on pricey playoff tickets, or even watch the games on a spankin’ new high-def TV, to see the latest buzz in MLB.
Twisted around many stars’ necks has been a thickly braided and variously colored rope made by Phiten, a Kyoto-based company with U.S. operations and distribution. Phiten, if you don’t know, manufactures a series of “health bands” — like the models that have proliferated throughout MLB clubhouses — which they claim can reduce fatigue and speed up recovery after hard workouts and intense competitions.
photo via Flickr/jkorn
Wadsworth, D., Walmsley, A., & Rowlands, D. (2010). Aquatitan Garments Extend Joint Range of Motion without Impact on Run Performance Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181e397a6