Textile and Clothing Applications for Health Monitoring of Athletes and Potential Applications for Athletes with Disabilities

Jennifer Ann Schlosser, Katherine Carroll

Abstract


Current technological advancements in textile development and mechanical functions of biomedical sensors allow for increased disease diagnoses, injury detection and prevention beyond the clinical environment. Athletes undergo bodily stresses brought on by the physical demands of competition and performance posing potential physical risk. Vital monitoring of an athlete throughout performance gives insight to the body’s response to elevated activity and allows for preventative measures. Textile-embedded biomedical sensors can be integrated seamlessly in compression apparel for athletics without the need for wired attachments providing increased levels of comfort and long-term health monitoring. Athletes with a disability require specific functional needs that could be met through the development of specialized garments based on physiological and ergonomic demands.

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