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Trial: High Performance Sportswear and Device

The project 'High Performance Sportswear and Devices' has developed high performance sportswear design and engineering technology in three deliverables: 1) high performance winter running wear, 2) high performance summer running wear, and 3) high performance cycling wear. The project design and developed high performance sportswear to reduce wearer’s thermal and biomechanical strain. The key technology developed in this parent project is engineering high performance sportswear systematically: 1. Understand sports characteristics, in terms of thermal and bio-mechanical physiology of the sports. 2. Identify thermal and bio-mechanical physiology requirements of athletes during sports activity. 3. Translate the thermal and biomechanics requirements into fabric and garment physical properties specifications. 4. Conduct garment construction design according thermal and bio mechanical requirements to allow athletes perform well. 5. Select fabric candidates, test their physical properties, find ideal fabric best fit the requirements. 6. Engineer the garment with properly garment making technology. 7. Evaluate performance of garment by human subject wear trial. In this PSTS project, the research team will firstly translate the thermal and biomechanical needs of different sports including rowing and track & field (high jump, long jump, and sprint) into fabric and garment requirements according to the parent project developed approach. Afterwards fabric selection and garment manufacturing will be conducted according to the needs following the parent project developed criteria. Finally evaluation of the performance of the garment through human subject wear trial will be conducted following the protocol developed in the parent project. This PSTS aims to demonstrate the feasibility of developing different types of garments (focusing on different sports) through the same techniques developed in the parent project. The outcomes of this project will further disseminate the parent techniques to the industry, showing the possibility of applying the techniques in mass market (which is likely to cover many sports activities). In addition, the manufactured prototypes will also be used and evaluated during off-field scenarios, including workout, cooling down, warming up, and etc. Positive feedback of the prototypes in these activities could further expand the potential usages and applications of the parent project techniques. The success of this prototype project will support HKSI elite athletes for their regular training and competitions as an important demonstration of research outcomes to support the local society. Their satisfactory feedback will also enhance the commercialisation of the project deliverables developed from the parent project. The prototypes provided in this project may support the athletes in Asian Games in 2018, which would be a milestone towards Tokyo Summer Olympic 2020. It is likely that the PSTS project would attract high public visibility of the technique and bring wide community interests. For better demonstration of the parent project deliverables, large scale of prototype products (510 pieces of garments) and large scale of trials (60 elite athletes) are planned, leading to a larger budget sharing in the production cost and the testing fee against the total project cost of the parent project. In addition, further validation of the project deliverables of the parent project by means of this trial scheme will help provide a benchmark to functional and sportswear fabric/garment manufacturers, improving their product quality and benefit the general public consequently.

Project No. (ITC) ITT/019/17TP
Project Type Prototype
Project Co-ordinator Dr. YAO Lei
Research Institute The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles & Apparel Limited
ITF Amount HK$ 1,585,000
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2017-12-02
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2019-03-01
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