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Training suit for the improvement of sports performance based on functional training.

Country of origin:
Country: 
SPAIN
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOES20200724001
Published
30/07/2020
Last update
14/08/2020
Expiration date
15/08/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Textile fibres
Sports and Leisure
Other consumer products
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Summary

Summary: 
Spanish company in the sports industry offers an integral solution for training based on a revolutionary fabric. It is flexible for any athlete and sports speciality, able to regulate the intensity for the different muscle groups. The cooperation type envisaged is a financial agreement.

Description

Description: 

Spanish SME focused in the field of sports performance offers a training suit, which is a garment for functional training, based on the natural movements of the body, and not on isolated muscle training, since it has been amply demonstrated that the body acts globally and not analytically.

The technology is a comprehensive solution for training, as the athlete will be able to carry out their workouts with greater intensity, therefore achieving greater results from the same workouts. This will really be pure functional training.

This suit can be used by anyone, from elite athletes to people who want to improve their physical and health status. Also footballers, basketball players, tennis players, swimmers, athletes, fitness practitioners, runners, etc. Anyone who wants to give more intensity to their workouts or who needs to shorten their training times, without shortening their progress.

The market niche is vast. As an example, in the European fitness sector, the market value in 2017 was 26.3 trillion euros, and in the USA it was 23.3 trillion euros.

Companies in this sector in the world are firmly committed to innovation and continually market new products, materials, machinery, software, equipment, clothing, training systems, etc. since the target audience is a large consumer of these products.

Currently, there are materials such as electro-stimulation suits for training but their function is to be able to make concrete and isolated movements.
In relation to the state of the art, and to illustrate, mention that large multinationals invest large amounts of money in R&D in the sports sector. Some examples follow:

- NIKE has developed the Nike Pro Turbo Speed suit, which is a suit designed to improve race times in short distance athletes. The design of the suit allows them to shorten the marks of elite runners by 0.023 seconds at 100 meters.

- SPEEDO, together with NASA, created a suit for Michael Phelps to reduce friction in the water and improve test times. With this suit, he managed to break 44 world records. But this suit was banned in competitions, as it was an external advantage for those who used the suit versus those who did not have the resources to have it.

- Also comment on electrostimulation vests, which use electricity with different frequencies and intensities to stimulate the muscles and improve muscularity.

But all these materials are not a commercial competition, since the former perform an opposite function, as they have the function of "helping” during the tests, while the proposed technology aims to make it difficult to carry out the movement. Besides, other garments and materials of doubtful effectiveness are sold on the market. They are simply "in fashion" and create a profile of the athlete, who feels identified with the image they project with these garments and brands.

Moreover, this is a good proof of the amount of resources and money that the sector invests in sports materials and products, which sometimes do not exert the desired performance results, but create a "brand feeling" and important global fashion trends.

For this reason, if the training suit presented in this project, in addition to creating that feeling of belonging, is a material that really works, success is assured. Therefore highlight marketing and distribution strategies, a focal point in funding the project. Therefore, the purpose of the contract agreement (financial agreement) is to fund the further development of the garment, but also highlight the marketing and distribution of the product on the market.

The international cooperation is envisaged as a financial agreement, with the objectives to develop the final product, market and distribute the suits in the international market.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The technology is based on pure functional training. Key business strategies: • Novelty. • High customer satisfaction for the results obtained. • Wide market. • Wide margin per garment. • Total exclusivity for the patent. Goals: improve physical performance, injury treatment, and physical recovery. Revolutionary fabric: an improved degree of tension, applied effort and movement intensity. The company has national and international patents. The project is currently in a very advanced stage of development. Together with AITEX (association of research in the textile industry) which is specialised in RDI (research, development and innovation) in the textile area, diverse textile materials have been investigated. Besides, numerous field tests have been carried out on the materials on the performance (comfort, electromyography, angle measurement with electrogoniometers, gas analyser, etc.). The technical datasheets of the materials, the pattern design and the first prototypes have been planned. In addition, several subjective field tests have already been done with diverse athletes from different sports.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Available for demonstration

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The company is looking for partners under a financial agreement, preferably with experience in the sports industry. The role of the partner is financially supporting the improvement of the prototype, the energy efficiency research and the production of training suits. The company is looking for investors of any kind – business angels, venture capitalists, etc. to fund the platform’s further development. In particular, the ideal partner sought is an investor and/or international investment fund who, besides providing marketing, public relations and internationalisation services also acts as an investor.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500