BIRTH OF THE BEAR
In 2014 our co - founder Gareth was battling with a long-standing ankle injury that was threatening to put an end to his competitive rugby playing days. Not one to lie down and accept defeat this kicked off a worldwide search until he found a support that could get him back out there. Fast forward two years and along with Rhys & Dan the pack was formed and Bearhug was born.
The pack continues to grow as Bearhug is now worn by athletes across the entire sport playing spectrum. From amateur to elite, junior to veteran, men and women alike.
The comfort provided by the round structure of the bamboo charcoal fibres is non irritating and doesn’t crease when worn. The yarn also has a cross section filled with micro gaps which allows the fabric to breath.
Bamboo charcoal supports have been scientifically proven to increase blood flow by 40% more than ordinary supports. Dramatically decreasing your recovery and rehabilitation periods along with enhancing your performance.
Bamboo is considered one of the worlds most renewable resources due to its speed of growth in an array of conditions.
SPORT: Rugby Union
TEAM: Cardiff Blues & Wales
SUPPORT OF CHOICE: Thigh
Josh plays at the world rugby's most elite level, helping the Welsh Rugby Union reach the semi final of the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Josh's support of choice are Thigh Sleeves, providing support and compression to his quads and hamstrings while increasing blood flow, helping him recover faster and enhancing his performance on the pitch.
SPORT: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
PROMOTION: Cage Warriors
SUPPORT OF CHOICE: Knee
Josh is regular feature on the world renown Cage Warriors MMA promotion having had multiple title fights whilst also starring in the unique BT Sport Unplugged 2 event along with a nomination for the global MMA fight of the year. Josh is well versed and the elite level and knows what it takes to perform regularly at that level. Josh wears knee supports to give him compression and support around his joints during tough sessions on the matts and in the cage.
SPORT: Rugby Union
TEAM: Cardiff Blues
SUPPORT OF CHOICE: Calf
Nick is veteran of the professional game having played his trade in New Zealand and across Europe, he currently stars in the back row for the Cardiff Blues. Nick suffered a major calf injury in his early days at the Blues and credits his use of the Bearhug Calf Sleeves in prolonging his career. The bamboo and increased blood flow benefits while compressing and supporting his calfs have undoubtably contributed to his ability to continually perform, especially on harder modern day playing surfaces.
We are inclusive and want everyone to feel they can be part of the Bearhug story. We are not elitist or selective. Our ambassadors or pack leaders will come from all sports and activities, at all levels, but they have one thing in common, they wear their standout orange support with pride.
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