When it comes to products designed to enhance athletic performance, the marketplace is full of options. There’s apparel that’s specially designed to enhance speed. Balls with state-of-the-art aerodynamic technology that affects their trajectory. There are even accessories that are thought to utilize the tenets of New Age philosophy to align the wearer’s chi, thereby making an athlete's gait as effortless as that of a winged cheetah with the wind at his back.
Manufacturers claim their products can make anyone run faster, jump higher, and increase endurance. Some of these claims have been proven, both on the athletic field and in the laboratory. At the same time, other products have nothing more going for them than anecdotal evidence and the placebo effect. In other words, some of products work, some might not and some have nothing going for them but an effective marketing campaign. But as long as athletes continue their quest to get the edge on their competition, the products will continue to sell, whether they work or not.
What are some of the more notable products available on the market today that are said to enhance athletic performance? Click ahead and find out.
By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 29 July 2011