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A customizable and comfortable garment the athlete can wear to ensure a safe landing. By using 3D printing technology, the SLG garment will ensure that users with different needs perform with good landing mechanisms.
Too many athletes are experiencing injuries upon landing due to improper form or weak ligaments. When landing from a jump, athletes can experience up to 7 times their own body weight.
To validate this project and to understand the human anatomy of landing mechanisms I consulted some professionals. Thanks to their help, and professional advices, the project has a deeper level of sophistication and impact on the athletes.
Master's degree in Athletic Training from Ohio University in 2018
Professional in understanding Landing Mechanisms.
Professional in physical anatomy and physiology in application to dance, movement, and their varying exercise and rehabilitation pursuits.
Taller de Danza de Caracas as a Modern Dance Performer in 2004
“To be able to be minimal and target areas that really need the compression would be tremendous. Current braces often provide too much support for what the players need which ends up causing more damage in other joints.”
- Annabelle Herron
“The body needs balance. A lot of times our activities cause us to use some muscles more than others, especially athletes. To train or protect athlete’s joints and muscles in these activities are crucial”
- Yva Figueroa
While testing some of my prototypes, I noticed a kickback on the landing. Both examples show the test subject landing with their knees inward. The wrong form caused the garment to redirect the impact away from their knees.
Material Property Test
Switching to flexible polyurethane filament increased comfortability. However, to be accurate with generating a pattern, I had to perform a compression test. These tests are conducted with a pull force of 25N pull force. Patterns varied in sizes and wall thickness.