SOCCER LEG GUARD
MADE IN SAN JOSE
01. Design product that improves current protection of weak points below the knee to prevent future injuries
01. Design, prototype, test, repeat is the life cycle of ergonomics. These four steps guided my process to improve a sports injury product.
In collaboration with SJSU ID
RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP WITH COACH OWEN FLANNERY.
I HEADED TO LOS ALTOS, CA TO CONDUCT ERGONOMIC TESTING WITH FOOTHILL WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM.
A DOCIMENTATION OF USER TETING
BY NATALIA BALTAZAR
02. Leg guard model 1.0 focused on preliminary pad placement, form, and material. The overall design was derived from prior interviews with the players and testing with the Storelli leg guard.
60% of users disagree that the leg guard padding interferes with their performance on the field
60% of users agree that the padding is too bulky
60% of users strongly agree that the leg guard padding is lightweight
03. Leg guard model 2.0 utilized more breathable fabric throughout the product. Around the ankle area thinner pads that could still absorb high impact strikes were implemented.
80% of users strongly agree that the leg guard padding is lightweight
60% of users strongly disagree that the leg guard padding interferes with their performance on the field
40% of users agree that the leg guard padding is too bulky
Leg guard prototype provides protection without interfering with the user's performance. Additionally, it allows for the possibility of easily customizable padding. This option allows the user to personalize their protective gear as they see fit.