Sports Textile/Sporttech | Properties of Sports Textile | Application/Uses of Sports Textile

Introduction of Sports Textile
Sports textile is one of the branch of technical textile. Now a days sophisticated technology are used in technical textile to produce sports wear. Textile has done it successfully . Hi-tech textiles in sport are nothing new. In recent years we have seen the design of fabrics that can take moisture away from the body, patches on all black jerseys so players can dry their hands for better grip, fabrics that can sense high impact stresses on players joints, and fabrics that can sense heart rate, temperature and other physiological data . 
Cricket dress
Today’s sports demand high performance equipment and apparel. The light weight and safety features of sporttech have become important in their substitution for other materials. These high-functional and smart textiles are increasingly adding value to the sports and leisure industry by combining utilitarian functions with wearing comfort that leads to achieving high level of performance. 
Skiing dress
Technical textiles have enabled production of materials that are tougher than wood, which breathe like skin, are waterproof like rubber and at the same time are eco-friendly and highly economical. The augmentations in the sports and leisure industry have resulted in the use of technical textiles in different sports.

These revolutionary new textiles, used in Sports & Leisure industry, are popularly known as Sports Textile or Sportstech.

Properties of Sports Textile:
  1. Sports textile must have comport ability, easy to wear, easy handling.
  2. Sports textiles fabrics have a very high electrical conductivity, so they can permit the effectual dissipation of electrical charge.
  3. It should be light as best as possible.
  4. Filaments fabrics are made highly effecting in moisture management & thus they can wick the moisture as known as sweat away from the body & keeps body dry.
  5. Sports textile should have good perspiration fastness.
  6. As this sports fabric has a special property well known as heat conductivity make possible to feel the user cooler in summer & warmer in winter.
  7. Garments manufactured from sports textiles fabrics, keeps the normal stability of body comfort, because these fabrics are ultra-breathable, fast drying and possess outstanding moisture managing properties, which rapidly wick moisture away from the body.
  8. These garments are also very less in weight & feature elasticity properties, which provides immense comfort and independence of movement.
  9. Keeping a normal level of bacteria on the skin offers a high level of comfort and personal hygiene, especially during athletic activities.
  10. Sports textiles fabrics remove UVA and UVB rays that are dangerous to the skin, and guarantees an improved level of defense compared to the majority general natural and man-made fibres.
  11. It also provides superior strength and durability.
  12. The athletics & the leisure activities for their better performance in the sports.
Trade Name of Sportswear:
1. Coolmax
2. Lumiace
3. Dryarn
4. Killat N
5. Triactor
6. Dri-release
7. Naiva
8. Field sensor
9. Water magic
10. Gore-tex
11. Entrant G H
13. ISOFIX –super
14. Sportwool
15. Hygra 
Application/Uses of  Sports Textile
Sports textile has versatile use. Some uses of Sports Textile are given below:
Shoes, sports equipment, flying and sailing sports, climbing, angling, cycling, winter and summer sports, indoor sports wear. Some of the sports where these textiles are being used are Golf, Tennis, Mountaineering, Skiing, Cricket and Paralympic Sports.

A few areas where these textiles are being increasingly used are: 
  1. Swimming costume    
  2. Artificial turfs, sleeping bags, ballooning and parachute fabrics
  3. Material technology and design,of equipment
  4. Biomechanics and the engineering aspects of sports machinery
  5. Surface treatment of equipment
  6. Sports footwear

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Mazharul Islam Kiron is a textile consultant, entrepreneur, blogger and researcher on online business promotion. He is working as a consultant in several local and international companies. He is also a contributor of Wikipedia.

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