ISBN-13: 978 1 85573 922
376 pages 234 x
Edited by R Shishoo, Shishoo Consulting AB,
Woodhead Textiles Series No. 45
This book provides a well-balanced and
extremely useful account of textiles in sport.
The technical developments in the sports clothing
industry have resulted in the use of engineered textiles for highly specialised
performances in different sports. With high-functional and smart materials
providing such a strong focus in the textile industry generally, companies are
increasingly looking for ‘value added’ textiles and functional design in
sportswear as well as intelligent textiles which monitor performance with
in-built sensors. Combining clothing functions with wear comfort is a growing
market trend, and for all active sportsmen this constitutes one of the vital
factors for achieving high level of performance.
sport is divided into five parts. Part One explores the current sportswear
market, starting with a market overview then going on to look at current design,
material requirements and functional footwear. In Part Two the innovative fibres
and fabrics available are outlined, including high performance and high
functional fibres, smart and intelligent textiles and coated and laminated
textiles. Part Three focuses on the need for comfort in sportswear. The
physiological comfort of sportswear can affect not only a wearer’s wellbeing but
also his performance. The role of elastic can also play a part in providing
comfort, through minimising the garment’s resistance to the wearer’s movements.
The important issue of protection is looked at in the next section, with
chapters on impact protection, protection against the cold and water resistance
and water vapour transfer. Finally, part Five offers outlines of specific
applications, with case studies of textile composites, textiles in sailing and
textile use in sports shoes.
Written by a distinguished editor and an
international team of authors from the cutting edge of textile research
Textiles in sport is invaluable for a broad range of readers ranging from
scientists, designers and technical staff at academic institutions, biomedical
researchers, material buyers, designers and product development staff working in
companies that manufacture sportswear to serious sportspersons.