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Review Article

Ergonomics and Comfort in Protective and Sport Clothing: A Brief Review

Phillip A Bishop1*, Gytis Balilonis2, Jon Kyle Davis3, Yang Zhang4

1Department of Kinesiology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

2Department of Exercise Science, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA

3Department of Kinesiology, Montevallo University, Montevallo, AL, USA

4Chinese Badminton Association, Jiaxing branch, Zhong Huan Xi Lu, 2318 Hao, Jiaxing Yu Mao Qiu Xie Hui, Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, 314000, People’s Republic of China

*Corresponding Author:
Phillip A. Bishop
The University of Alabama
PO Box: 870312, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0312, USA
Tel: 205 348 8370 (USA)
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: August 07, 2013; Accepted date: September 11, 2013; Published date: September 18, 2013

Citation: Bishop PA, Balilonis G, Davis JK, Zhang Y (2013) Ergonomics and Comfort in Protective and Sport Clothing: A Brief Review. J Ergonomics S2:005. doi: 10.4172/2165-7556.S2-005

Copyright: © 2013 Bishop PA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Industrial and sport protective clothing (PC) is governed by protection requirements and sport clothing is generally selected on the basis of performance and comfort. The impact of PC on performance is determined by the nature of the work or sport, the metabolic rate required, the ambient environment, and the characteristics of the PC. The chief ergonomics challenge of PC is when moderate to high work rates must be performed in moderate to hot ambient environments. Comfort is typically subjectively measured and impacts performance. Comfort is multifactorial and dynamic rather than static. Sport clothing design is chiefly concerned with maximizing heat and moisture loss and comfort; however, attempts to use synthetic fabrics to increase comfort and heat dissipation have generally not been successful. Future innovations may include protective and sport clothing that responds to the environment, and that features integrated cooling systems with greater cooling capacity and practicality for mobile workers and sportsmen. A brief review of key challenges in the ergonomics of PC and sport clothing is presented along with potential directions for advancing ergonomics and comfort.