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AREA

TYPE

PRODUCT

MATERIAL

Soft Goods

Athletic Apparel

Soccer Leg Guard

Textiles

MADE IN SAN JOSE

SPRING 2019

LEG GUARD

The personalization

ergonomics.

Leg Guard improves current protection of weak points below the knee to prevent future injuries. It 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. 

design

prototype

test

repeat

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Athletes who participate in soccer are more susceptible to below the knee injuries. This is due to the particular physical interactions of the sport and using equipment that does not provide enough protection for the user.

 
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Leg guard model 001 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.

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model 001

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60%

60%

60%

 

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.

list of user tasks

001

002

003

004

sprint across field

dribble across field

pass the ball

scrimmage with teammates

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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.

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fig. c
voltage meter
wires
pressure sensor
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model 002

 
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40%

60%

80%

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.

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