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Appl. Sci., Volume 8, Issue 6 (June 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Auxetics expand laterally when stretched, contract when compressed and dome when curved – which [...] Read more. Auxetics expand laterally when stretched, contract when compressed and dome when curved – which should give sports garments unique fit and comfort. Auxetics also provide enhanced hardness and energy absorption, and may reduce rotational acceleration in protective head gear. They open the way for improved protective equipment to reduce injury risk, including concussion and traumatic brain injury, during sporting falls and collisions. The prevalence of sporting injuries and a trend towards form fitting, tailorable garments means manufacturers are looking to auxetics for solutions, and recent developments in Additive Manufacturing and foam and textile production have led to commercial auxetic sports products. View this paper.