There’s been a growing trend recently among many of our local athletes, particularly, students at one of the best karate schools in Brownsville Tx . And I’m not talking about weight training or weight loss supplements or bullying or anything of the sort. What I’m referring to is the use of those hand knit looking beanies that students wear daily.

It’s sort of a weird trend as we live in possibly the most hot and humid area in the continental United States. An area where temperatures in the summer reach well over 100 degrees and winters….well, there really are no winters here as it’s just as warm in many instances as it is throughout the general year.

As I asked some of the older students (my son attends karate classes as well) about those little pieces of knit yarn on their head and why they wear them, they simply responded with “it keeps us warm so we don’t cool down”. Warm! Again, let me remind you, we are in one of the warmest cities and states in the country.

Apparently, this helps them keep their bodies at an optimal temperature without cooling down too quickly and losing their momentum. It makes sense for them to stay warm on the inside as much as being warm on the outside. According to them, after a good workout, when the body gets cold, it becomes harder for them to perform at their peak, and since body heat escapes from the top of our heads, these beanies control how quickly or slowly their inner bodies cool down keeping them at maximum temperature internally to maintain performance.

Wow, did I learn something new today!

Aside from the fact that this beanie thing is popular around many of the local athletes from other sports venues, they do come in a variety of colors so that they can look “cool” while keeping warm…..huh?

As funny as it may sound, there must be good value or benefits in wearing beanies if our youth wear them day in and out, not only during training. So it’s safe to say that you don’t necessarily have to be an outstanding athlete to use one. I must admit, that they are comfortable and do tend to keep you warm (in my case, I’m sweating up a storm). But I still don’t see the benefit of wearing it after a workout or between workouts. To me, I’d rather cool down properly before beginning my next routine or in the case of martial arts, round or fight.

In any case, if they feel that there’s a special benefit to them for wearing these beanies, then more power to them. They shouldn’t stray from wearing something just because someone else disapproves of it or doesn’t really understand it. And before you think I disapprove, think again. My son is now wearing one and has a small assortment of colors to go with what he’s wearing (mom’s idea).

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and go get that Beanie!