A. De Raeve and S. Vasile, "Adapted Performance Sportswear", in Proc. of 7th Int. Conf. on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 2016, pp. 9-15, doi:10.15221/16.009.
Adapted Performance Sportswear
Alexandra DE RAEVE, Simona VASILE
FTI Lab, University College Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
Sportswear is based on sizing tables developed on a basis of average body sizes and will therefore not fit population groups with body proportions categorically different from average (e.g. athletes from different sport disciplines, disabled people or people with specific professions). This is not only detrimental for the aesthetics and comfort of the wearer but also in stark contrast with functionality (e.g. orthopedic products; sportswear meant to offer some support, to improve performance or to facilitate fast revalidation; some intelligent textiles for monitoring) and the changing demands of the consumers who lose their tolerance for regular products and have become more and more demanding for garments with a personalized fit. These groups of products require an optimal contact with the skin, they have to fit, otherwise they lose their functionality.
The overall objective of the project Adapted Performance Sportswear is to develop comfortable, fitted and functional (sports)wear for population groups with body shapes and proportions different from the average population. The aim of the project is to gain better insight in anthropometric differences (average population versus various groups of athletes) and work out a methodology for translating this information effectively to the garment production. The concept of compression, support and restriction of certain movements by employment of new and innovative elastic materials will be further explored in relation to the fit.
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