Decemii

Decemii
Wake Forest University

Starting at a very young age, we have both been playing field hockey and putting shin guards on our legs day in and day out without thinking twice about it. This changed when Brit’s sister became very sick and went into anaphylactic shock caused by the formaldehyde in her shinguards seeping into her bloodstream. Formaldehyde is a harsh chemical that causes skin irritation, rash, and in extreme cases anaphylactic shock. While she is an extreme case, we have seen teammates, family members, and ourselves suffer from shin guard rash with nothing available to completely eliminate the problem. This has inspired us to create the first formaldehyde-free sports padding. In addition to making the padding formaldehyde-free we are also making changes to shin guards that improve other hindrances of the item such as smell and air flow. The market for our product would include the 1.6 million field hockey players in the US along with the 13 million overseas. Our new shin guard technology would also be applied to additional sports such as soccer, cricket, and more that require padding.

Brittany Dickinson
Veerle Bos