Sportswear clothing plays a very important part in athletes’ performance. Inappropriate fit puts at risk not only the outcome of the sports event but also the safety of athletes. Wheelchair rugby is a good example of athletes wearing sportswear that is inappropriately fitted. The purpose of this study is to analyse, by means of videos and photographs, the patterns of activity and movements performed by the athletes during a set of wheelchair rugby training sessions. This analysis serves not only to inform on the movements and body postures but also on the problems and difficulties caused by the items of sportswear worn by the athletes. From the analysis it was observed that gloves are causing the most problems with performance, whilst tops and bottoms have more impact on comfort.
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Event||91st Textile Institute World Conference - Leeds, United Kingdom|
Duration: 23 Jul 2018 → 26 Jul 2018
|Conference||91st Textile Institute World Conference|
|Abbreviated title||TIWC 2018|
|Period||23/07/18 → 26/07/18|
Braganca, S., Carvalho, M., Gill, S., Castellucci, I., & Arezes, P. (2018). Image analysis as a basis to the design of wheelchair rugby sportswear. Paper presented at 91st Textile Institute World Conference, Leeds, United Kingdom.