Sports Clothing Sublimation

We have put together a video on the sublimation process to give you an idea of how it all works. We love the bright, clear results we get from sublimation and the designs are almost limitless.

This video also gives you a look inside our Brisbane factory where our team works really hard to deliver high quality sportswear to our customers.

We have more video’s on our YouTube page if you would like to take a look go to GameClothing.

Sublimation – How it works

Direct inkjet printing and digital sublimation printing are the two main types of printing used on textiles. Digital sublimation does not require a processing program. It takes images from a digital camera or scanner and allows the user to create colourful, vivid images directly on a computer. Then, based on the designed image, it prints dispersed dyes to a special transfer paper. The transfer paper with the image is then placed facing the fabric, and with the right temperature, pressure and time, the dye is transferred onto the fabric. This technology has been around since the 1950’s and has developed into one of the leading ways to print onto fabrics, particularly polyester.

The process

A dye-sublimation printer is a computer printer that uses a printing process that utilises heat to transfer dye onto materials, such as fabrics, paper or plastic card. The name; sublimation, is used because the dye is activated using heat and transitions from a solid state to gas, without going through a liquid state.

This process is used to print on polyester and other synthetic fabrics. It’s commonly used for applications such as:

  • sports clothing,
  • sports apparel,
  • custom clothing,
  • banners,
  • table covers,
  • ID cards and
  • flags.

The advantages

The dye sublimation process holds a few advantages over inkjet printing. The process works fantastically with photographic printing because it creates natural looking images, which inkjet is unable to produce, and is a much cleaner process because the dye does not enter a liquid state, therefore, there’s less likelihood of the printer head getting clogged with dried ink.

The advantages of dye-sublimation for printing sports clothing, sports apparel and custom clothing, includes:

  • The technical process is shortened and provides a fast turnaround time for the customer.
  • Images can be easily customised to meet individual requests.
  • Images are permanent and do not fade.
  • Dye does not build up on the fabric.
  • Colours are extremely vivid, due to the bonding of the dye to the transparent fibres of the fabric.
  • Continuous tones can be achieved that are equivalent to that of a photograph.
  • Images can be printed over the entire item.

We can use these sublimation techniques to design sports clothing for your team. Contact us today to find out how you can stand out from the competition.

Stretching – Should we be doing it?

Do you always stretch before you exercise? If so, read on to learn about the latest studies and opinions.

Most people stretch

Many people believe they should be stretching before they exercise, with the aim of loosening up before their workout. Most fitness experts now agree that static stretching before exercise is not only counter-productive, but could be potentially harmful.

Flexibility

Stretching is the process of trying to lengthen muscles and soft tissue to increase flexibility. However, flexibility is mostly genetic; you’re either born flexible or tight. Flexibility refers to the maximum joint range of motion that can be achieved without causing injury to the joint support tissues. The important point for athletes, is to have the maximum functional range of motion required to perform an activity. So that “functional range” is more important than flexibility.

Stretching

Over the years, there have been many reasons given for stretching, most of them are inaccurate. Stretching does not prevent injury or improve performance, but warm up activities do, so time is best spent warming up the muscles, rather than stretching before exercise.

Traditional stretches, such as bending to touch the toes or stretching a leg on a fence, often cause the muscles to tighten, rather than relax; this is the opposite of what is intended for exercising. Experts say it’s the equivalent of stretching a rubber band to its limit; when a person stretches to their limit, they are more likely to pull a muscle. When you stretch before exercise, the body may think it’s at risk of being over stretched. Therefore, it compensates by contracting and becoming tense. This then limits you to be able to move as freely or as fast.

What the experts say

Dr Kieran O’Sullivan, an exercise expert at the University of Limerick, in Ireland, has studied various types of stretching and the impact on athletes. Dr O’Sullivan says, “We have developed this idea of static stretching at the wrong time. Stretching helps with flexibility, but people should only do it after exercising.”

In the last few years, several studies have found static stretching before playing sport makes you slower and weaker.

Researchers at the University of Zagreb, in Croatia, analysed 104 previous studies performed on participants, who engaged in static stretching and then had their muscle strength and power tested. Their findings revealed that static stretching reduced the strength in muscles by almost 6% and reduced muscle power by approximately 2%, with the impact increasing in participants who held the stretches for 90 seconds, or more.

“These findings primarily apply to people participating in events that require strength and explosive power, more so than endurance. But, other research indicates evidence that stretching impairs performance in distance running and cycling, too.”

Can stretching make you weaker?

A similar U.S. study found that stretching before weight training can actually make you feel weaker during your workout. Researchers discovered that, when squatting with barbells, fit, young men could lift 8.3% less weight after static stretching.

Try warm ups

Instead of stretching, many experts recommend warming up with sport-specific exercise, such as kicking for football, walking for joggers or a few ‘air’ serves for tennis. This type of light movement increases the heart rate and blood flow to the muscles, warms the body temperature and allows you to reach your full range of motion.

Research also shows that static stretching doesn’t work as well as more active types of stretching that incorporates movement, such as lunges.

Robert Meroni, of the University of Milan, says static stretching forces the muscle being stretched to endure pain, but active stretches work more muscles and the stretched muscles learn to extend while another group is working.

Don’t stop stretching

Experts don’t discount stretching completely, recommending people to stretch several times a week and that most types of stretches help. However, to maximise the benefit of stretching, consider how and when you do it. It’s recommended that you perform active stretches, that mimic your intended activity prior to exercise, to gain benefit and minimise potential injuries.

Australian fabric for Australian made clothing

Australian fabric for Australian made clothing

Game Clothing are an Australian company, proud to be using Australian made products for our clothing. We have access to many suppliers for our Australian made clothing but primarily obtain fabric from the following three manufacturers.

Australian made

Standardknit Fabrics, located in Sydney, began manufacturing Australian made clothing in 1954, and since then, has been an integral part of Australia’s textile industry. They supply 100%, Australian made and owned fabrics to local and overseas customers. Standardknit Fabrics produce a wide range of weft knitted fabric, Australia, suitable for a diverse range of applications. They combine the latest and best technology and apply ongoing research and development to produce an innovative range of Australian made clothing, that is superior in its quality.

Their ‘made to order’ range includes:

  • interlocks,
  • single jersey,
  • double jersey,
  • course gauge knits,
  • including rugby’s,
  • sports mesh,
  • Marathon-tracksuit fabric and
  • Wilcox-tracksuit fabric.

Fabric Australia

Charles Parsons Group is part of the largest fabric wholesale group in Australia and New Zealand. A privately owned company, established in 1915, they have diversified across almost every category where fabrics and textiles are used. They produce an extensive range of knitted and woven Australian fabric, suitable for all sports’ requirements.

Their comprehensive range includes:

  • specialised performance sublimation fabrics, suitable for sponsorship branding and team uniforms,
  • a lighter weight sports mesh, lighter than the standard mesh, Xtra dry motion has a slight line pattern to the fabric,
  • a performance based, winter sport range, featuring breathable and water proofing qualities and
  • an extensive leisurewear range, including polar fleece and sweat shirt fabrics.

Australian made clothing

Broadway Textiles began in the Sydney CBD in the early 1950’s. They were a small, family business originally known as London Textiles until they relocated to Ultimo, just off Broadway, and changed their name to Broadway Textiles. They began producing fabrics that were popular in the day for men’s and ladies’ wear, such as crimplene and terylene, now they primarily specialise in fabric Australia, for sportswear, corporate wear and protective clothing.

Their range includes a broad variety of microfibre, suitable for:

  • skirts,
  • running shorts and
  • tracksuits.

Australian fabric

We believe that Australian made clothing and Australian made fabric is best suited to our climate, to ensure optimal comfort and support. Whether you’re training, competing or simply leading an active lifestyle, our Australian products will go anywhere you go.

Game Day Confidence

In today’s ever increasing level of sports’ competition, the overwhelming stress and pressure can have a negative impact on an athletes’ performance in games such as netball, basketball, soccer, cricket and all non-team sports. They can find it difficult to focus on the competition as they become tense, the heart races and they break out into a cold sweat.

Sport Psychology

This has lead to more and more coaches taking an interest in sport psychology, and in particular, competitive anxiety. It focuses on techniques that the athlete can apply to maintain control and optimise their performance. Once learned, these techniques can allow the athlete to relax and give their full attention to preparing for and participating in the competition. Psychology is becoming another weapon for athletes to gain the winning edge!

Getting the “4Cs”

The 4C’s are generally considered the main mental qualities for athletes to use in sports such as netball, basketball, soccer and cricket.

1. Confidence

This is the keystone to an athlete performing at their best; when they’re confident, the mind and body is relaxed, allowing for peak performance. A few tips to maintaining your confidence are:

  • believe in your own abilities,
  • approach competition so that you’re doing things that you’ve already successfully done in the past,
  • stick to your game plan, don’t make last minute changes,
  • try to avoid seeing your competition prior to the game,
  • stick to a good training plan and keep records,
  • positive support from team mates, family and friends should be gratefully accepted,
  • visualise previous good performances.

2. Concentration

This is the mental ability to focus on the task at hand; if the athlete lacks concentration, their physical abilities will not be effectively applied, either. Some common distractions are: anxiety, a fear of making mistakes, fatigue, the weather, overly loud public announcements, coach, manager, opponent, negative thoughts about one’s own performance etc. The levels of concentration required varies with the sport:

  • Sustained concentration – long distance running, cycling, tennis, squash
  • Short bursts of concentration – netball, basketball, soccer, cricket
  • Intense concentration – sprinting events, skiing

The strategies to improve concentration are individual, one way to maintain focus is to set process goals for each session or competition. Another strategy is to stick to a routine for competition, that may even include the night before, the morning, pre-competition, competition and post competition routines.

3. Control

Control is the ability to maintain emotional control; identifying a particular emotion and understanding the reason for the feelings is important in helping an athlete gain emotional control. Two emotions are often associated with poor performance: anxiety and anger.

Anxiety comes in two forms, the physical; a feeling of butterflies, sweating, nausea, needing to go to the toilet, and the mental; worry, negative thoughts, confusion, lack of concentration. Learning relaxation techniques and how to apply them can be used to reduce anxiety.

When an athlete becomes angry, the cause of the anger often becomes the focus of attention; this can then lead to a lack of concentration on the game, performance is affected and confidence in one’s ability is lost, which fuels the anger.

4. Commitment

The ability to continue working on set goals. When an athlete sets goals, it can help raise their feelings of value, give ownership to the goals and make them feel more committed. Usually, this commitment will have to be maintained for many years to come and can be adversely affected by work, studies, family/partner, friends, social life and other hobbies/sports. Added to these daily influences, the athletes’ commitment levels can be undermined by:

  • a perceived lack of progress or improvement
  • not being sufficiently involved in developing the training program
  • not understanding the objectives of the training program
  • an injury
  • lack of enjoyment in the sport
  • anxiety of one’s performance
  • becoming bored with training
  • coach and athlete not working as a team
  • lack of commitment by other athletes

Support given, by the coach, medical support team, manager, friends, family etc can greatly contribute to an athlete’s level of commitment, especially during times of injury, illness and poor performance.

Another way to feel great when playing your chosen sport is to look great. Game Clothing have helped many teams reach the top of the score board by fitting them out in comfortable, colourful team uniforms.

Does uniform colour effect sports results?

Is your team uniform effecting the outcome of your game? According to a new study, when two opposing teams are otherwise equally matched, the side with the red team uniform is more likely to win!

Scientific study on team clothing

Anthropologists at the British University of Durham reached this conclusion by studying the outcome of one on one boxing, tae kwon do, Greco-Roman wrestling and freestyle wrestling at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Staff attending each event randomly passed out red or blue clothing or body protection to each competitor. When they were otherwise equally matched, in skill and fitness, the athletes who wore red won 60% of the time. The researchers suggest, that for athletes, red subconsciously symbolises dominance, such as it is found in nature studies.

Does your team wear dark or light colours?

Another study recently published showed that teams who wear darker colours, particularly black, are viewed as being more aggressive. This doesn’t necessarily give them an advantage over their opposition; consequently, the black team uniform ended up being penalized at a higher rate. It’s also stated that there is a strong cultural association that takes effect in that we view white with good and black with bad. A previous study found that when a team uniform was changed from white to a dark colour, there was an immediate increase in penalties. Researchers suggest the change to be due not only to the attitudes of the referees but also the players’ self-perception, they further went on to theorized that players actually acted more aggressively when wearing darker team clothing.

Time to change the colours your team wear

Maybe the reason your team’s not winning is the green spots and yellow stripes! National Geographic reports that if you’re looking to revamp your team clothing, forget the bright clothes, spots, stripes and trying to stand out on the field – wear RED! In nature, red signifies dominance and male testosterone, perhaps this is true on our playing fields, too.

For more information on Game Clothing Team Wear.

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Advantages of Compression Clothing in Sports

Are you considering using compression clothing? The use of compression clothing is a training aid that has only recently been adopted by many athletes, suggesting that they can accelerate recovery from training and competition. Manufacturers report that compression clothes improve recovery, increase power and can significantly enhance performance in a variety of sports.

Use of compression tights

Medical compression tights or stockings have been in use for more than 50 years; they are usually worn over the leg and foot to create a controlled, gradient compression on the leg. The compressive effects of these stockings are used to improve recovery in hospital by promoting venous blood flow, decreasing venous stasis and minimising the risk of thrombosis in post-operative patients. In recent years, compression clothes have become increasingly popular amongst athletes who report a marked improvement in:

  • muscular power,
  • strength,
  • endurance,
  • and in minimising the risk of injury.

Ongoing research on compression clothes

  • Early research on compression garments indicated a reduction in the blood lactate concentration during maximum exercise on a bicycle ergometer.

 

  • Later research showed improved ‘repeated jump power’ and increased vertical jump height. It’s suggested, in these investigations, that the compression clothing provided an improved warm up through increased skin temperature, reduced muscle oscillation and increased torque generated around the hip joint.
  • Recent research has shown that compression clothes may provide an external aid to athletes during exercise by enhancing lactate removal, reducing muscle oscillation and by also having a positive psychological effect.
  • Further research suggests that the use of compression gear during the recovery period may also reduce the symptoms of delayed onset muscle soreness.

Suggested benefits of wearing compression garments

Based on the findings of researchers, there is significant evidence to suggest there is an advantage in using compression gear; however, caution should be taken when choosing the correct compression garments for your respective sport and to ensure the garment provides enough pressure to promote venous return.

Below is a summary of the potential areas where the use of compression clothing may give a competitive advantage:

  • enhancement of blood circulation to the peripheral limbs,
  • reduction of blood lactate concentration, particularly in runners,
  • enhanced warm-up via increases in skin temperature,
  • increased vertical jump height,
  • improved repetitive jump power
  • reduced muscle oscillation upon ground contact,
  • increased torque generated around the joints,
  • enhanced recovery following strenuous exercise by aiding in the removal of blood lactate,
  • reduced effects of delayed onset muscle soreness in the days following strenuous exercise.

For more information about our Compression Gear

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University of Queensland Athletics Club – UQAC

Game Clothing recently designed and manufactured athletics uniforms for the University of Queensland Athletics Club. The club had custom sports uniforms made with the uni colours and their own design.

Athletics Team Uniform

Running clothes such as running shorts and running singlets allow the athletes to perform at their best during competition. Great running clothes also ensures the team looks fantastic too.

Game Clothing can also custom manufacture running tights to suit your team colours and designs.

UQAC member Bethany Holt, an 800 m and 1500 m athlete, is shown below wearing the new team athletics uniform, the athletics crop top and running shorts.

Custom Athletics Uniform

Contact us today to design and create your custom sportswear for your athletics team

Queensland Men’s Netball Challenge 2012

Men’s netball has been played in Australia since the early 80’s and Australia has had an international team since the mid 80’s. (The game itself has been played in Australia since 1901 when it was called Women’s Basketball)

The Queensland season is heating up with some very close games in the Men’s Netball Challenge. The Caboolture team (pictured below in their Game Clothing netball uniforms) are first on the ladder after Round 5 followed by the Southport Carrara team very closely behind on percentages only.

If the games so far are anything to go by we are going to have a bumper season for players and spectators. What a great action packed sport to watch!

Caboolture Men’s Netball Team

2012 State Age Championships Queenland

2012 State Age Championships Queenland

What a fantastic turn out for this years State Age Netball Championships on the Sunshine Coast. Over 1500 competitors dodged the raindrops to play some really exceptional netball. Standards were high and everyone gave it their best.

Players were cheered on by Mission Queensland Firebird Kierra Trompf (revisiting the area she began netball, Noosa District Netball Association was her first association).

Officials and sponsors, Queensland Government, were very pleased with the outcome and performance by all who attended.

We were very impressed to see the Game Clothing netball uniforms stand up to rigorous testing by the players. Here are some action and team shots.

Biloela Netball Team Uniform

Biloela Team Netball Uniform

Gladstone Netball Team Uniform

Gladstone Team Netball Uniform

Ipswitch Netball Team Uniform

Ipswich Team Netball Uniform

Logan Netball Team Uniform

Logan Team Netball Uniform

Maranoa Netball Team Uniform

Maranoa Team Netball Uniform

Redcliffe – Warwick Netball Team Uniform

Redcliffe-Warwick Team Netball Uniform

Rockhampton Netball Team Uniform

Rockhampton Team Netball Uniform

If your team is due for a new look view the many netball dress designs on our online shop or contact us for a design of your own.

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