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The Introduction of Graphene to Sports Equipment

With the help of various researches, what was once thought to have been science fiction has become realistic with such resources. Some are even as fascinating and effective as graphene. Through the analysis of emerging graphene technology, exploring the use of graphene innovation in sports is made possible.

Graphene, found by Professor Andre Geim and Professor Kostya Novoselov in 2004, was discovered isolating itself from graphite. Like graphite, graphene is 100% composed of carbons that are perfectly distributed in a hexagonal honeycomb pattern. By its special characteristics of being the thinnest, most extremely durable, various incredible light, and outstanding thermal and electrical conductor, the graphene 'wonder material' is a game-changer in sport.

Researchers and sports professionals across the world have recognized the significance of introducing graphene to sports equipment. Thus, these studies revealed the elegance of converging graphene technology and the sports field. Because of these different researches, the sports equipment industry has emerged as a sophisticated yet economically competitive industry in which developments have redefined sports.

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Graphene: The Game Changer of Sports Equipment Industry

Companies strive to improve graphene in all sporting equipment such as golf clubs, skis, tennis racquets, sports apparel, snowboards, and other forms of sports merchandise known to the fields. Among all unique graphene-enhanced sports products, one of which includes the graphene-reinforced rackets. These rackets are supported by Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova’s likes, with users claiming increased and improved accuracy and ease of use.

Aside from sports equipment, graphene has also taken over athletic clothing production. Having extraordinary properties makes it ideal for designing footwear and sports clothing without graphene’s adaptability. Using graphene in clothing garments can provide a highly developed fabric with unique thermal features, chemical-free hypoallergenic qualities, and an anti-bacterial effect that enhances hygiene and anti-odor features. 

As for the footwear, in addition to providing more grip, incorporating graphene into athletic and running shoes is proved to be 50% better, as it is more robust, more resilient, and more wear-resistant.

Owing to the adaptability of graphene as a flexible substance, trying this in a few sports equipment is just the beginning of a breakthrough in the sports equipment industry. By developing a deeper understanding and greater insight into how to enhance the materials, it’s only a matter of time until graphene comes out in various other sports equipment applications

Revolutionizing Sports Gear

Even after countless innovations and advancements have been discovered, researchers and businesses continue to explore technologies to attain excellence for every field. Sports is one of the areas where design is continuously applied. These may bring a variety of complexity to the activity. It can maximize the performance of an athlete, and at the same time, minimize the probability of injury, making sports more enjoyable.

Sports are inseparable from technological innovation. From electronic timers up to stadium buildings, everything is related to innovation. With the ongoing advancement of science and technology and the level of professional athletics, scientists and sports workers worldwide have emphasized the significance of the use of various innovations in sports equipment.

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Innovation Sports Gears

Innovation has had a remarkable influence on the extent of excellence in sport, as has any other groundbreaking ideas in material science. Within sports equipment, the invention provides a range of benefits and an immense potential to enhance sports equipment, allowing athletes better, more comfortable and more flexible than ever before. Among these sports innovations include graphite, a single layer of carbon atoms.

Sports Equipments with Graphene

Known for its astonishing properties which includes its flexibility and ability to self-repair, graphene-enhanced products are starting to grow as the sports industries have begun applying graphene in inventive unique ideas. Listed below are some of the athletic equipment that has already been developed. 

Tennis rackets

Recognized as one of the world's top manufacturers of sports products, it was no surprise when HEAD was the first to produce graphene-enhanced products in collaboration with Graphene-XT. They are a graphene manufacturer that utilizes a mechanical exfoliation method to produce graphene powder.

Around early 2013, HEAD launched its latest collection of graphene tennis rackets that make the shaft firmer and smoother. In addition to that, according to the claims of HEAD, graphene enables a balanced weight of racket. Subsequently, HEAD’S comparative tests have shown that their graphene-enhanced tennis racket is up to 30% more durable in mechanical efficiency and up to 20% lighter.

Golf Clubs

The latest redesigned golf ball using graphene as part of the ball’s outer cover, which the engineers designed at the Callaway Golf Co., inhibits momentum and enhances quality. It ensures that the ball travels quicker and further than that of the long shots. According to the producer, provides better precision on the shorter ones.

As stated by Alan Hocknell, VP of R&D at Callaway, graphene enables the inner core to be larger and softer. Based on the results of Callaway's studies, a softer golf ball has a greater tendency to go straight and maintain speed even though the player does not hit the ball with the center of the club face.

Skis

In 2014, HEAD introduced a series of graphene-enhanced women's skis called Joy. Given the characteristics of being lightweight and durable, graphene in skis makes it possible to reallocate the skis’ masses. Manufacturers utilized graphene in the central portion of the ski, enabling the heavier tip and the ski tail to grasp the snow quickly and more natural deflection. This ensures better edge-to-edge coordination and easier edge-to-edge shifts.

Cycling wheels

Vittoria, an international manufacturer of wheels, provides a selection of bicycle wheels crafted from graphene-enhanced carbon materials, giving the wheels heat dissipation benefit. The wheels branded Quarno (Grapheneide) are available in three distinct editions and are composed of graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) supplied by Directa Plus.

Cycling shoes

In 2014, during the Christmas season, a Spanish Company called Catlike released a series of graphene-enhanced riding shoes to enter the market during Christmas 2014-2015. The line is called whisper and blends various styles of cycling shoes for road, mountain, and triathlon biking purposes. These shoes are designed to provide excellent efficiency by being lightweight and durable.

Aside from the cycling shoes, Catlike have also released cycling helmets in 2014 that are claimed to be light and robust, and provide significant changes in terms of safety and impact absorption.

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