Redesign of Women's Ice Hockey Impact Protection Gear for Improved Comfort, Fit and Protection

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The fit of protective apparel in ice hockey can significantly affect protection, perceived comfort and athletic performance. Female ice hockey players should have gear modeled for the female body for an optimal fit instead of downscaling from the mens’ gear. This research aimed to identify most critical areas of design improvement for better fit, performance and protection in the current gear. This study hypothesized that (1) female players will have a higher level of dissatisfaction with sizing, fit and design of the ice hockey gear, (2) female players will experience greater encumbrance effects with the current ice hockey gear and (3) newly designed gear will better fit the female body and provide enhanced protection. The newly developed prototype of the protective gear for the upper body modeled for the female body conformed to the body curvature of the female players more effectively.

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68 pages


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3D Body scanning; Apparel Design; Ergonomics; Fit analysis; Functional Design; Women's Ice hockey gear


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Park, Heeju

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Baytar, Fatma

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Fiber Science and Apparel Design

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M.A., Fiber Science and Apparel Design

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Master of Arts

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