HARTE, D. and PATERSON, A., 2017. The fastest field sport in the world: A case report on 3-D printed hurling gloves to help prevent injury. Journal of Hand Therapy, 31 (3), pp.398-410.
Study Design: Case Series
Introduction: Hand injuries are the most common injury observed in hurling though compliance in wearing protective gloves is reportedly low.
Purpose: To devise a glove that offers comfort, protection and freedom-of-movement, using the bespoke capabilities of three-dimensional (3D) printing.
Methods: Each player's "catching" hand was imaged using a 3D scanner to produce a bespoke glove that they later trialed and provided feedback.
Results: Nine players provided feedback. On average the players favorably rated the glove for the protection offered. The average response on comfort was poor and no players reported that glove aided performance during play.
Discussion: This feasibility study explores the versatility of 3D printing as a potential avenue to improve player compliance in wearing protective sportswear. Feedback will help refine glove design for future prototypes.
Conclusions: Hurling is the primary focus in this study, but knowledge gains should be transferable to other sports that have a high incidence of hand injury.
Level of Evidence: 4
This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Hand Therapy and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2017.05.015
The authors wish to thank the Southern Health and Social Care Trust Research and Development Committee for funding this research project.