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Protective Sports Equipment: The North American Market

Protective Sports Equipment: The North American Market

The U.S. market for protective sport equipment reached $1.9 billion in 2014. This market is expected to reach about $2.0 billion by 2015 and $2.2 billion by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.9% from 2015 to 2020.

This report provides:

An overview of the protective sports equipment market, including an analysis of the items in that category, manufacturing techniques, properties, and prices for the North American market.

Analyses of market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020.

Examination of governmental and organizational rules on national, state, and local levels pertaining to health and safety of those involved in sports or activities at any age level or level of participation.

Individual chapters that address research and development, sports head protection, eye protection, protective clothing, sports gloves, ear protection, pads, and other protective sports equipment, such as specialized footwear.

Comprehensive company profiles of major players in the industry.


SCOPE AND FORMAT

This report focuses on protective equipment worn in nonmotor sports, including:
Football.
Baseball/softball.
Ice hockey.
Soccer.
Lacrosse.
Cycling.
Fencing.
Skiing/snowboarding.
Wrestling.
Roller sports.
Water polo.
Climbing.
Equestrian sports.
Boxing.

The emphasis is on commercially available equipment that is designed to prevent injury, rather than to protect injured tissue and promote healing once injury has occurred. The report also does not cover devices whose main purpose is enhancing performance and/or comfort, although they may also protect against injury.

Athletic footwear is not included, because of the difficulty of distinguishing between sales of shoes to serious athletes, to whom their protective value is significant, and more casual wearers who wear them primarily for comfort and/or style. A similar rationale applies to cold weather clothing, such as ski parkas.

The report format includes the following major elements:
Executive summary.
Definitions.
Regulation.
Technologies (basic principles, materials, specific applications, major patents).
Major end-user markets, 2014.
Market drivers.
Projected sales, 2015 to 2020.
Manufacturer profiles.

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
STUDY BACKGROUND
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
INTENDED AUDIENCE
SCOPE AND FORMAT
METHODOLOGY
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS (STEVE C. UPDATED)
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER
CHAPTER 2 SUMMARY
SUMMARY TABLE U.S. PROTECTIVE SPORT EQUIPMENT MARKET BY TYPE OF SPORT, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
SUMMARY FIGURE U.S. PROTECTIVE SPORT EQUIPMENT MARKET BY PART OF BODY PROTECTED, 2014-2020 (% OF TOTAL SALES)
CHAPTER 3 OVERVIEW
SCOPE OF STUDY AND DEFINITIONS
HISTORY
BASEBALL
Catcher's Masks
Helmets
Shin Guards
FOOTBALL
Football Helmets
Football Pads
Athletic Supporter
HOCKEY
Pads
Masks
Helmets
SOCCER
Shin Guards
Goalie Gloves
Soccer Headgear
WRESTLING
Wrestling Headgear
CYCLING
Cycle Helmets
SNOW SPORTS
Ski Helmets
FENCING
Fencing Mask
Other Fencing Clothes
CLIMBING SPORTS
Climbing Helmets
Climbing Harnesses
LACROSSE
ROLLER SPORTS
Skateboard Helmets
TYPES OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
HEAD AND FACE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Helmets
TABLE 1 TYPES OF SPORTS PROTECTIVE HELMETS
Face Guards
Throat Protection
Mouth Guards
Ear Guards
Eye Protection
TRUNK AND THORAX PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Shoulder Pads
Chest Protectors and Rib Belts
Hip and Buttock Protectors
Groin and Genitalia Protectors
UPPER EXTREMITY PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Elbow Protectors
Protective Gloves
LOWER EXTREMITY PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Knee Protectors
Shin Protectors
MAJOR END-USER MARKETS
FOOTBALL
FIGURE 1 U.S. FOOTBALL PARTICIPATION, 2013/2014 SEASON (%)
FIGURE 2 NCAA FOOTBALL PARTICIPATION, 2007/2008-2013/2014 SEASONS (NUMBER OF PLAYERS)
FIGURE 3 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PARTICIPATION, 2007/2008-2013/2014 SEASONS (NUMBER OF PLAYERS)
ICE HOCKEY
FIGURE 4 TRENDS IN AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN ICE HOCKEY, 2007-2014 (NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS)
BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL
FIGURE 5 TRENDS IN THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL AT LEAST ONCE PER YEAR, 2005-2013 (MILLIONS)
SOCCER
FIGURE 6 TRENDS IN AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN SOCCER, 2007/2008-2013/2014 (NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS)
CYCLING
FIGURE 7 TRENDS IN THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN CYCLING, 2007-2013 (MILLIONS)
FENCING
FIGURE 8 TRENDS IN AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN FENCING, 2007-2013 (NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS)
SNOW SPORTS
FIGURE 9 TRENDS IN AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN SNOW SPORTS REQUIRING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, 2007/2008-2013/2014 (NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS)
ROLLER SPORTS
FIGURE 10 TRENDS IN AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN ROLLER SPORTS, 2007-2013 (NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS)
LACROSSE
FIGURE 11 TRENDS IN AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN LACROSSE, 2007-2014 (NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS)
WRESTLING
FIGURE 12 TRENDS IN AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN WRESTLING, 2007-2014 (NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS)
CLIMBING SPORTS
FIGURE 13 TRENDS IN AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN CLIMBING SPORTS, 2007-2013 (NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS)
WATER POLO
FIGURE 14 TRENDS IN AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN WATER POLO, 2007/2008-2013/2014 (NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS)
WHITEWATER RAFTING AND KAYAKING
FIGURE 15 TRENDS IN AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN WHITEWATER RAFTING AND KAYAKING, 2007-2013 (NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS)
OTHER SPORTS
Equestrian Sports
Boxing
FIGURE 16 NUMBER OF U.S. PARTICIPANTS IN CONTACT BOXING, 2013 (%)
REGULATIONS
ROLE OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Consumer Product Safety Commission
State and Other Government Regulation
ROLE OF NONGOVERNMENT AGENCIES
National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment
Hockey Equipment Certification Council
Canadian Standards Association
ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities
LITIGATION
NFL CONCUSSION LITIGATION
NCAA CONCUSSION LAWSUIT
CHAPTER 4 SPORTS PROTECTION TECHNOLOGIES
TYPES OF SPORTS INJURIES
TABLE 2 COMMON TYPES OF SPORTS INJURIES
ACHILLES TENDON INJURIES
ANKLE INJURIES
ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT INJURIES
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
CHONDROMALACIA
CONCUSSIONS AND OTHER HEAD INJURIES
FIGURE 17 MOST COMMON SPORTS-RELATED HEAD INJURIES TREATED IN U.S. EMERGENCY ROOMS, 2009 (NUMBER OF INJURIES)
DISLOCATED SHOULDER
EYE INJURIES
GOLFER'S ELBOW
GROIN PULL
HAMSTRING INJURIES
ILIOTIBIAL BAND FRICTION SYNDROME
PLANTAR FASCIITIS
POSTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT INJURIES
ROTATOR CUFF TEARS
SHIN SPLINTS
SKIER'S THUMB
SPRAINS, FRACTURES AND BROKEN BONES
TAILBONE INJURIES
TENNIS ELBOW
TURF TOE
PRINCIPLES OF SPORTS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
TRAUMA PROTECTION
REPETITIVE STRESS INJURY PROTECTION
MATERIALS
POLYMERS
TABLE 3 POLYMERIC MATERIALS USED IN SPORTS PROTECTIVE
EQUIPMENT
Polycarbonate
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
Polyethylene
Polyurethane
Ethylene Vinyl Acetate
Polystyrene
Polypropylene
Fiberglass
Kevlar and Other Aramid Fibers
NXT
Zoombang
D3O
Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene
CARBON FIBER
NANOMATERIALS
Nanoparticles
Nanocomposites
SMART MATERIALS
Shear Thickening Composite
CHAPTER 5 TYPES OF PROTECTIVE SPORTS EQUIPMENT
TABLE 4 TYPES OF SPORTS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
HEAD AND FACE PROTECTION
HELMETS
TABLE 5 HELMET SUPPLIERS
Football Helmets
Baseball Helmets
Snow Sports Helmets
Cycling Helmets
Ice Hockey Helmets
Equestrian Helmets
Whitewater Helmets
FACE GUARDS
TABLE 6 FENCING MASK SUPPLIERS
THROAT PROTECTORS
TABLE 7 THROAT PROTECTOR SUPPLIERS
EAR PROTECTORS
TABLE 8 WRESTLING EAR PROTECTOR SUPPLIERS
EYE PROTECTORS
TABLE 9 SPORTS EYE PROTECTION SUPPLIERS
MOUTH GUARDS
TORSO AND THORAX
SHOULDER PADS
TABLE 10 SHOULDER PAD SUPPLIERS
CHEST PADS AND RIB PROTECTORS
TABLE 11 CHEST PAD AND RIB PROTECTOR SUPPLIERS
THIGH AND BUTTOCK PROTECTORS
GROIN PROTECTORS
UPPER EXTREMITIES
GLOVES
Catcher's Mitts
Other Protective Gloves
Soccer
Hockey
Lacrosse
Boxing Gloves
Cycling Gloves
ELBOW PROTECTORS
LOWER EXTREMITIES
KNEE BRACES
SHIN GUARDS
CHAPTER 6 U.S. PROTECTIVE SPORTS EQUIPMENT MARKET
SUMMARY
MARKET SIZE AND GROWTH TRENDS
FIGURE 18 U.S. SPORTS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014-2020 ($ MILLIONS)
MARKET SEGMENTATION
Segmentation by Type of Sport
TABLE 12 U.S. PROTECTIVE SPORTS EQUIPMENT MARKET BY TYPE OF SPORT, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 19 U.S. PROTECTIVE SPORT EQUIPMENT MARKET BY TYPE OF SPORT, 2014-2020 (% OF TOTAL SALES)
Segmentation by Type of Equipment
TABLE 13 U.S. PROTECTIVE SPORTS EQUIPMENT MARKET BY TYPE OF EQUIPMENT, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 20 U.S. PROTECTIVE SPORT EQUIPMENT MARKET BY TYPE OF EQUIPMENT, 2014-2020 (% OF TOTAL SALES)
FOOTBALL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
CURRENT MARKET
FIGURE 21 U.S. FOOTBALL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014 (%)
MARKET DRIVERS
Concussion Risks
FIGURE 22 TRENDS IN REPORTED NUMBER OF NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE CONCUSSIONS, 2008-2014 (NUMBER OF CONCUSSIONS)
Football Participation Trends
PROJECTED SALES
TABLE 14 U.S. FOOTBALL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FIGURE 23 U.S. FOOTBALL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014-2020 (% OF TOTAL SALES)
BASEBALL/SOFTBALL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
CURRENT MARKET
FIGURE 24 U.S. BASEBALL/SOFTBALL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014 (%)
MARKET DRIVERS
Trends in Baseball/Softball Participation
Introduction of New Safety Equipment
PROJECTED SALES
TABLE 15 U.S. BASEBALL/SOFTBALL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
ICE HOCKEY
CURRENT MARKET
FIGURE 25 U.S. ICE HOCKEY PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014 (%)
MARKET DRIVERS
Increasing Player Participation
TABLE 16 PROJECTED U.S. ICE HOCKEY PARTICIPANTS, THROUGH 2020 (NUMBER)
Declining Average Expenditures on Protective Equipment
FIGURE 26 AVERAGE EXPENDITURES ON ICE HOCKEY PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, 2014-2020 ($ PER PARTICIPANT)
PROJECTED SALES
TABLE 17 U.S. ICE HOCKEY PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
SOCCER
CURRENT MARKET
FIGURE 27 U.S. SOCCER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014 (%)
MARKET DRIVERS
Soccer Participation
Growing Sales of New Types of Protective Equipment Leading to Growth
of Average per-Player Expenditures
PROJECTED SALES
TABLE 18 U.S. SOCCER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
LACROSSE
CURRENT MARKET
FIGURE 28 U.S. LACROSSE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014 (%)
MARKET DRIVERS
Increasing Player Participation
TABLE 19 PROJECTED U.S. LACROSSE PARTICIPANTS, THROUGH 2020 (NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS)
Trends in Average Protective Equipment Expenditures
TABLE 20 AVERAGE PER PLAYER EXPENDITURES ON LACROSSE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, THROUGH 2020 (NUMBER OF PLAYERS/$)
PROJECTED SALES
TABLE 21 U.S. LACROSSE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
CYCLING
CURRENT MARKET
FIGURE 29 U.S. CYCLING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014 (%)
MARKET DRIVERS
Participation Rates
TABLE 22 PROJECTED NUMBER OF U.S. CYCLING PARTICIPANTS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLIONS)
Protective Clothing Market Penetration
PROJECTED SALES
TABLE 23 U.S. CYCLING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
FENCING
CURRENT MARKET
FIGURE 30 U.S. FENCING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014 (%)
MARKET DRIVERS
Participation Rates
TABLE 24 PROJECTED U.S. FENCING PARTICIPANTS, THROUGH 2020 (NUMBER)
Equipment Replacement Rates
PROJECTED SALES
TABLE 25 AVERAGE PER PLAYER EXPENDITURES ON FENCING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, THROUGH 2020
TABLE 26 U.S. FENCING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
SNOW SPORTS
CURRENT MARKET
FIGURE 31 U.S. SKIING/SNOWBOARDING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014 (%)
MARKET DRIVERS
PROJECTED SALES
TABLE 27 U.S. SNOW SPORTS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
WRESTLING
CURRENT MARKET
FIGURE 32 U.S. WRESTLING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014 (%)
MARKET DRIVERS
Increasing Participation
TABLE 28 PROJECTED U.S. WRESTLING PARTICIPANTS, THROUGH 2020 (NUMBER)
Replacement Sales
PROJECTED SALES
TABLE 29 AVERAGE PER-PLAYER EXPENDITURES ON WRESTLING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, THROUGH 2020
TABLE 30 U.S. WRESTLING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
ROLLER SPORTS
CURRENT MARKET
FIGURE 33 U.S. ROLLER SPORTS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014 (%)
MARKET DRIVERS
Declining Participation
TABLE 31 PROJECTED NUMBER OF U.S. ROLLER SPORTS PARTICIPANTS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLIONS)
PROJECTED SALES
TABLE 32 U.S. ROLLER SPORTS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
WATER POLO
CURRENT MARKET
MARKET DRIVERS
Increasing Participation
TABLE 33 PROJECTED NUMBER OF U.S. WATER POLO PARTICIPANTS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLIONS)
PROJECTED SALES
WHITEWATER RAFTING AND KAYAKING
CURRENT MARKET
FIGURE 34 ESTIMATED EXPENDITURES ON WHITEWATER SPORTS PROTECTIVE HELMETS, 2014 (%)
MARKET DRIVERS
Increasing Participation
TABLE 34 PROJECTED NUMBER OF U.S. WHITEWATER SPORTS PARTICIPANTS, THROUGH 2020
PROJECTED SALES
TABLE 35 U.S. WHITEWATER SPORTS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
CLIMBING
CURRENT MARKET
FIGURE 35 U.S. CLIMBING SPORTS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014 (%)
MARKET DRIVERS
Increasing Participation
TABLE 36 PROJECTED NUMBER OF U.S. CLIMBING SPORTS PARTICIPANTS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLIONS)
PROJECTED SALES
TABLE 37 U.S. CLIMBING SPORTS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
OTHER SPORTS
EQUESTRIAN SPORTS
TABLE 38 U.S. EQUESTRIAN PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
BOXING
FIGURE 36 U.S. BOXING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2014 (%)
TABLE 39 U.S. BOXING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS)
CHAPTER 7 COMPANY PROFILES
ADAMS USA
ADIDAS AG
AGON SPORT LLC
ALL STAR SPORTS INC.
ALLSTAR FECHT-CENTER GMBH & CO. KG
ASICS AMERICA CORP,
BANGERZ SPORTS EYE PROTECTION
BAUER HOCKEY INC.
BELL SPORTS
BERN UNLIMITED LLC
BIKE ATHLETIC CO.
BLUE GAUNTLET FENCING GEAR INC.
BOLLE INC.
BRUTE WRESTLING
BURTON SNOWBOARDS
C.A.M.P. USA
CASCADE SPORTS CO.
CHAMPRO SPORTS
CLIFF KEEN WRESTLING PRODUCTS
CCM HOCKEY INC.
CORNING S.A.S OPHTHALMIC
D3O LAB
DOUGLAS PADS & SPORTS INC.
EASTON-BELL SPORTS INC.
EVERLAST WORLDWIDE INC.
FINIS INC.
FULL 90 SPORTS
GEAR PRO-TEC
IMPACT INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS LLC
IMPACT PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT LLC
INTERCAST EUROPE S.P.A.
LEON PAUL EQUIPMENT COMPANY LTD.
MARKWORT SPORTING GOODS CO.
MATMAN WRESTLING CO.
MAVERIK LACROSSE
MISSION HOCKEY CO.
MIZUNO USA INC.
NASYCON
L. NEGRINI & F. SNC
NUTCASE INC.
PANOPTX
PBT FENCING
PETZL INTERNATIONAL
POC VENTURES LLC
PREDATOR DESIGNS INC.
PRORIDER
PRO-TEC
RAWLINGS SPORTING GOODS CO. INC.
REEBOK INTERNATIONAL LTD.
RIDDELL
ROCK ON DISTRIBUTION
SCHUTT SPORTS INC.
SG HELMETS
SHOCK DOCTOR INC.
SHRED READY
SMITH SPORT OPTICS INC.
THERMOPRAXIS HOLDINGS INC.
TOUR HOCKEY
TRIPLE EIGHT
TROXEL LLC
UHLMANN FECHTSPORT GMBH & CO. KG
UNDER ARMOUR INC.
UNEQUAL TECHNOLOGIES CO.
UVEX SPORTS GMBH & CO. KG
VAUGHN CUSTOM SPORTS USA
WARRIOR SPORTS INC.
WHITEWATER RESEARCH AND SAFETY INSTITUTE INC.
WILSON SPORTING GOODS CO.
XENITH LLC
CHAPTER 8 PATENT ANALYSIS
FIGURE 37 SPORTS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT PATENTS ISSUED AS OF AUG. 1, 2015 (%)
FIGURE 38 TRENDS IN NUMBER OF HELMET-RELATED U.S. PATENTS ISSUED ANNUALLY, 2008-2014 (NUMBER OF PATENTS)
FIGURE 39 DISTRIBUTION OF HELMET-RELATED U.S. PATENTS BY SPORT, 2008-2014 (% OF TOTAL PATENTS)

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