Evaluation of dual purpose softball gloves

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2015-01-01
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Laabs, Heidi
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Richard T. Stone
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Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
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The aim of the present study was design and evaluate a multi-purpose softball glove that would increase player safety while eliminating the need for multiple types of gloves. The construction of the Dual Purpose Softball Glove is likened to that of a typical batting glove with added padding on the dorsal side and an elastic seam on the palm allowing the glove to be reversed and worn on both hands. The placement of the padding was determined by a force sensor test. The padding decreased the force felt from the ball, thereby decreasing likelihood of injury. A surveyed comparison of the Dual Purpose Softball Glove and user's preferred method of insert in softball gloves, showed that users prefer the Dual Purpose Softball glove to no mitigation, yet prefer batting gloves overall.

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