7 sports equipment items were outlawed, ranging from a metal bat to sticky gloves.

Sport's allure is that it pits two or more individuals, or teams, against one another in a competition of athletic prowess.

However, as the use of science has increased in recent years, the dreamer's approach to sport has shifted.

Thousands of hours of thought go into the latest equipment that professional athletes can use, and this isn't limited to training and nutrition.

And this has given sporting bodies headaches as they try to figure out what keeps competition in the'spirit of the game.'

With that in mind, the Daily Star Sport examines seven pieces of equipment that are prohibited in a variety of sports.

Have you ever wondered why no Premier League footballers have followed in Carlos Tevez's or Samir Nasri's footsteps by donning a snood?

So, if you're wondering why they were banned by IFAB in 2011, it's because they were deemed too dangerous.

Snoods broke IFAB rule 4: "A player may not use or wear any equipment or clothing that is dangerous to himself or another player."

"A snood is not part of the equipment, and it can be dangerous, even like hanging someone," said former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

"There was no debate because this isn't part of the uniform," says the decision maker.

From the pacemakers creating a slipstream to the route choice in Vienna, everything about Eliud Kipchoge's 1:59 marathon was scientific, but it was his shoes that were eventually banned.


They were also outlawed by World Athletics after it was determined that they gave athletes an unfair advantage.

"It is not our job to regulate the entire sports shoe market," Lord Seb Coe said.

"However, it is our responsibility to protect elite competition's integrity by ensuring that the shoes worn by elite athletes in competition do not provide any unfair assistance or advantage."


One of the sporting superstars who wore the infamous swimsuit was Michael Phelps, but the Japanese national team did not.

Japan had an exclusive contract and could not wear Speedo swimsuits, but after the failure of the Olympics, Japan changed their mind and allowed athletes to wear them.

The FINA voted to outlaw all body-length clothing, including the LZP swimsuit.

Until the Major League Baseball, aluminum bats were more common than their wooden counterparts.

Aluminum bats, on the other hand, are prohibited in Major League Baseball.

They're prohibited for the safety of opposing players and fans, who consider catching a foul ball to be a sport in and of itself.

Wooden bats slow the ball down, but that doesn't stop batters from hitting home runs at speeds of over 100 km/h and distances of over 300 feet.

Yes, you read that correctly: cyclists are not permitted to wear long socks.

Long socks were banned by the UCI as a precautionary measure, fearing that cyclists would gain an unfair advantage by wearing compression socks.

However, this had resulted in some amusing situations, such as when UCI officials famously pulled out the ruler to measure Remco Evenepoel's sock height at the World Championships in 2019.

Evenepoel immediately pulled his socks up after starting because the rule states that socks cannot be longer than the midpoint between the shin and the knee.

Stickum is a type of adhesive that was once used by wide receivers in the NFL to aid in catching the ball.

While the NFL initially turned a blind eye, after cornerback Lester Hayes crossed the line, the league banned him.

When Hayes saw what his opposite number did, he dialed 11 and covered himself in Stickum, causing other players in the scrimmage to stick to him.

Jerry Rice confirmed that players continued to use it after it was outlawed. The NBA has seen its fair share of fashion trends over the years.

The 2018 headband trend, on the other hand, rubbed NBA officials the wrong way.

The headbands were worn by both young upstarts and seasoned veterans, with the tie flowing down their backs, and it was that small detail that put an end to the trend.

The NBA outlawed the move due to'safety concerns.'

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