Martens no place for bands
WHILE sports like basketball, rugby league and hockey have allowed the use of the Power Balance band — which has burst on to the scene this year — FIFA has stood firm in opposition.
The band is said to improve an athlete's core balance and stability by tuning into the body's natural energy field.
They are widely used by NBA basketballers, NRL players and Formula One drivers, as well as many local sporting identities.
But not at Martens Oval, according to Football Bundaberg chairman Greg Bath.
The association has backed the ruling body's directive to ban the magnetic arm band from the field because it is classed as jewellery.
At least two yellow cards have been given this season to players wearing the band and Bath said the rule was simple and steadfast.
“It's not recognised as a medical aid, it's classed as jewellery, so it's banned from the ground,” he said.
“It's a FIFA ruling; the players all understand and it's only really been an issue in the last four to six weeks.”