Why Do Football Players Wear Bicep Bands?

Football players at collegiate and professional levels wear bicep bands primarily for making fashion statements. Football players achieve the look simply by pulling wrist bands farther up their arms. The bands help to reduce some perspiration, but serve primarily decorative rather than functional uses.

The trend of wearing arm bands began in 2008. Historically, players, coaches and fans debate the most fashionable places to wear arm bands on the body, and question the functional roles of bands in reducing sweat, too. Bands come in different colors and stand for different causes, making them forms of advertising for players. Some lower-level players in high school and college proudly sport bands bearing certain logos. However, the National Football League maintains strict regulations for wearing bands, attempting to discourage marketing and advertising.

The NFL lets players wear elastic bands bearing only the NFL logo. Initially, it established rules restricting the use of bicep bands to just the wrist area, as initially intended. Due to backlash from players and fans, however, that implementation never happened. Some players assert bands provide important psychological boosts by making their biceps and triceps appear bigger, which in turn helps their games. While players nationally wear arm bands at the bicep level, some states, like Texas, restrict armbands to just the wrist area. In addition to bands, officials consider some football attire, like headbands, frivolous and worthy of banning.