Different types of masks provide different effectiveness and benefits. Depending on the activity or circumstance, cotton masks, surgical masks, or plastic face coverings can allow for varying levels of virus protection and breathing restriction. In football, players need optimal focus and no physical restriction in order to safely play during their high contact games. Cotton masks have been proven to be very effective only in multiple layers. They are cheap, breathable, and easy to wash or replace. However, they are not sweat-wicking, and can slide on a player’s face during active play, which poses a danger to the player if it were to restrict their eyesight in a play. Cotton masks still have a chance to effect heart rate during exercise. Dr. Bryant of the American Council on Exercise stated “You should anticipate that it will be about eight to 10 beats higher per minute when you wear a mask than when you do not” in “Exercising While Wearing a Mask” of the NY Times (Reynolds 1). Increases like these can quicken fatigue and lengthen recovery time for intense players. Disposable surgical masks provide adequate virus protection and breath-ability for users. In a study testing the affect of a surgical mask on heart rate during exercise, 10 adults wore a standard surgical mask during treadmill exercises and recorded heart rate changes and rated their comfort. Wearing the masks resulted in a higher average heart rate than when not wearing one, especially towards the end of each exercise (Li, Y 1). However, surgical masks propose the same cons as cotton masks as they would move around the face and be difficult to put a helmet on over them. Surgical masks are also meant to be disposable after one use, so they are not as cheap as cotton masks.