CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
This Application claims priority to EP Application No. 09000904.4, filed Feb. 13, 2009.
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to a protective sports garment, more specifically to a trouser-type garment for protection against hamstring tears.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The so-called hamstrings make up a muscular group located in the rear part of the thigh. Injuries in these muscles normally occur due to a distension of the fibres thereof as a consequence of a mechanism by means of which a strong muscular contraction associated to a stretching thereof are combined. Most of these tearing injuries happen when practicing sports, especially those which require performing abrupt acceleration and speed movements, such as tennis, football, basketball and others. Once the injury has occurred it is mainly treated by means of total rest and measures to prevent inflammation and swelling in the affected part.
A preventive solution against said muscular tears is to use compression bandages around the thigh and the nearby bone structures by means of special adhesive strips providing a resistance to the stretching of the muscle and it compresses it more or less constantly. This technique, called kinesiotaping, requires the use of elastic adhesive strips which are applied on the skin before practicing a sport and are removed once said practice of the sport has ended. This represents a considerable use of strips and bandage material which are put on by a specialist, mainly a physiotherapist, or a person with suitable training, requiring time and new strips for each use.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The protective sports garment object of this invention has technical particularities intended to prevent the tearing of hamstring muscles by easy-to-use means and to improve the recovery of the user in the event of injury.
According to the invention, the sports garment is formed like trousers with an upper waist and two lower tubular extensions, for passing and housing the legs, the garment being made of an elastic fabric both in a longitudinal direction and in a transverse direction; the garment comprising flat longitudinal reinforcements in the rear part intended to act on the hamstring muscles and arranged from the waist towards the lower area, said reinforcements having considerable longitudinal elasticity, but reduced or nil transverse elasticity.
This allows the sportsperson to keep the leg compressed as if he/she wore a kinesiotaping bandage, with the reinforcements applied directly on the mentioned hamstring muscles which are to be protected and holding the garment firmly and tightly against the body contour of said sportsperson. The longitudinal elasticity of the reinforcement allows the correct stretching of these muscles, but the reduced transverse elasticity suitably compresses said muscles while doing exercise.
To achieve a better adaptation to the shape of these muscles, the reinforcements are branched in their lower part, having an inverted Y configuration, with two inclined sections which are directed to the sides of the tubular extension, suitable for surrounding the rear part of the thigh of the user, suitably and anatomically distributing the pressure.
In an embodiment of the invention the reinforcements are made up of additional pieces of fabric permanently fixed to the fabric of the garment by fastening means, such as heat welding, sewing, gluing or any others.
The garment is easy to put on, like conventional sports trousers, and provides protection immediately, preventing the problem of the specific kinesiotaping technique bandage. Furthermore the garment is easily washed, and therefore reusable unlike the use of bandages and the like.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
To complement the description being made and for the purpose of helping to understand the features of the invention, a set of drawings is attached to the present specification in which the following has been shown with an illustrative and non-limiting character:
FIG. 1 shows an elevation view of the garment.
FIG. 2 shows a sectional elevation view, with the reinforcements in the inner face of the rear part of the garment.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS
In the example shown the protective sports garment 1 is formed like shorts, with an upper waist 2 for passing the torso of the user and two lower tubular extensions 3 reaching a length of a little more than mid-thigh. The garment 1 is made of an elastic fabric with square elasticity, i.e., in a longitudinal direction and in a transverse direction, to be adapted to the contour of the body of the user and offer certain compression. A pair of longitudinal reinforcements 4 is arranged in the rear part of the garment 1 extending from the waist 2 to the lower end of the tubular extensions 3 forming the legs.
The reinforcements 4 have considerable longitudinal elasticity, but reduced transverse elasticity, which causes them to tighten on the hamstring muscles on the rear face of the corresponding thigh of the sportsperson.
Each reinforcement 4 has a flat inverted Y configuration with two inclined sections 5 in the lower part thereof, and which are directed towards the opposite sides of the leg or tubular extension 3 in an arrangement for surrounding the rear part of the thigh of the user towards the side part thereof.
The reinforcements 4 are arranged in the inner face of the garment 1 and fixed by fastening means, in this case by means of heat welding, on the entire surface thereof to assure the correct tension of the fibres of the garment 1 and the adaptation and compression on the body of the sportsperson user.
Having sufficiently described the nature of the invention as well as a preferred embodiment, it is hereby stated for all relevant purposes that the materials, shape, size and arrangement of the elements described can be modified provided it does not involve altering the essential features of the invention which are claimed below.