Protect From Injury

Protect From Injury

The intelligent application of plastics in sport helps to minimize injury. Used in running shoes plastics help reduce impact injuries; the plastics improve shock absorption, stability, and cushioning. In baseball, breakaway bases, made of soft plastics, prevent 98% of base sliding injuries. And of course, the plastic protective gear – pads, helmets, shields, and hand protection -- used by equestrians, hockey players, boxers, catchers, soccer players, and fencers – makes an important contribution to sports safety.

Intelligent plastics have forever changed the sport of hockey – rink boards, skates, hockey sticks, nets and protective gear – all made with plastics. The protective padding of leather and vulcanized fibre of yesteryear has been replaced by plastics which are lighter and more flexible.  Hockey players wear about 24 protective pads - shoulders and chest pads, shin guards, gloves, throat protectors and padded shorts - all made with plastics.  

Improvements in skate construction make for a lighter, stronger skate and faster players.  Boots are often made from the plastic Kevlar® – the same plastics material used in bullet-proof vests.