Athletic clothing with sting reduction padding

  • US 7,171,696 B2
  • Filed: 12/06/2004
  • Issued: 02/06/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/16/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A pad that regulates and dissipates vibration, the pad comprising:

  • a pad body having a major material surface and an outer perimeter, the pad body being formed by a reinforced elastomer material that regulates and dissipates vibration, the reinforced elastomer material comprising;

    first and second elastomer layers; and

    a reinforcement layer disposed between and generally separating the first and second elastomer layers, the reinforcement layer being generally coextensive with the pad body such that the reinforcement layer extends generally throughout the entire area of the pad body as bounded by the outer perimeter of the pad body, the reinforcement layer consisting of a plurality of high tensile strength fibrous material, the high tensile strength fibrous material being connected to the first and second elastomer layers generally uniformly throughout to provide substantially complete coverage between the first and second elastomer layers, the high tensile strength fibrous material being generally compliant only in a direction generally perpendicular to the major material surface so as to be generally non energy storing in the direction, the high tensile strength fibrous material is generally interlocked in and generally held in position by the first and second elastomer layers, wherein the high tensile strength fibrous material generally distributes impact energy parallel to the major material surface and into the first and second elastomer layers, the high tensile strength fibrous material of the reinforcement layer substantially prevents elongation of the pad in a second direction parallel to the major material surface of the pad during use.

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