Sports accessories come in many forms and promise various functions. Some accessories offer triviality while the others boost performance.
Avoid the bogus
Chakra booster, aura enhancer, or stone-made necklace that claim to give more muscle strength; those are the ones that you need to avoid to buy. Muscle strength comes from muscle training, and aura or chakra thingy only works as a placebo effect.
Pick accessories with real sports athlete endorsee. But even it may filter some available products, prefer more to use your common sense. Power Balance rubber bracelet sold very well because famous athletes were seen to wear it. Even worse, the marketing strategy is deceiving. The bracelet claims to improve health and eliminate health problems by emanating natural energy from the hologram on the bracelet. What may have taken real effect, in that case, is that strong placebo effect caused by the price of the product. Embrace your critical thinking when it comes to an accessory that claims too much improvement.
Researched backed accessories
Well-known sports accessory brands spend most of their budget on research. For example, Speedo swim accessories, like the goggles and the cap, are made of the best materials that can stand pool water. Nike running sleeves, or compressing calf sleeves, can help a runner feel comfortable and protected from ultraviolet. The materials also do not cause irritation or allergic reaction to skin and regulate sweat pretty well.
If you are a fan of intense sports, like boxing or martial arts, choose the gloves with a good impact-absorbent material. The same rule applies for joint support accessories, like for the wrist, knee, and elbow.
Brands that use research as their marketing strategy is preferable because you can check if the research is scientific or not on the Internet, especially accessories which make a claim on its material superiority.
There are awards for sports products based on their popularity, their environmental-friendliness, and their designs. For example, Essential Fitness award winning wrist wraps for their popularity among weightlifters, TEKO sports socks achieving ISPO award for being recyclable, Tomtom runner 2 cardio+music for the smart design, etc.
Consider buying from brands that care about the environment, the ones with the recycle sign. Most of the sports products contain polyester, and it may harm the environment without the proper care. Silicon, another popular material in sportswear, can be mistaken as food by the animals if thrown away recklessly to the sea. Buying from companies that recycle gives you the chance to save the planet.