Vol. 3, Issue 12 (2016)
Application of textile fibres for technical and performance enhancements in sports
Author(s): AE Nelson Raj, S Yamunadevi
Abstract: Technical textiles enable the production of materials which are stronger, breathe like skin, waterproof like rubber and at the same time eco – friendly and highly economical. Sportswear textiles belong to a category called sport tech, which is one of the mainstream technical textiles. This rising interest is due to a number of social factors that include increased leisure time, increased considerations of wellbeing and good health, growth of indoor and outdoor sports facilities and the ever-increasing pursuit of the adult population of activities outside the home or workplace. The revolutionary new textiles used in sports and leisure industry are popularly known as sports textiles. Today sports demand high performance equipment and apparel. In recent years, development in active sportswear fabrics has been progressing to perform high functions and to achieve comfort. The contributing factors for developing active sportswear fabrics are: polymer science, fibre science, production techniques, lamination and finishing techniques to obtain sophisticated fibre, modified structure of yarns and fabrics.