Knee Pads Or Rests Patents (Class 2/24)
  • Patent number: 11839570
    Abstract: A brace includes: an elastic sleeve that applies a first level of compression, and extends above a body part to a first end. A first pocket in the sleeve overlies an area to be treated, and receives a corresponding thermal pack (i.e., a heat pack or cold pack). At least a second pocket is formed as a curved pocket to encircle a portion of the body part, to overlie at least a portion of the body part, and also receives a thermal pack. Alternatively, second and third pockets may both be formed in the sleeve to receive thermal packs that respectively. High compression material reinforces the ends and overlies each of the pockets, while encircling portions of the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Preferred Prescription, INC.
    Inventor: Brandon Solotoff
  • Patent number: 11839244
    Abstract: A leg massaging trouser assembly treats leg pain while driving. The leg massaging trouser assembly includes trousers having a pair of leg portions. Each leg portion includes a pocket mounted to an inside leg surface and having an open end. Each leg defines a slit opening in communication with an interior of the pocket, each pocket configured to receive a therapeutic device operable to massage a driver's legs. Each leg includes an adjustment area having a plurality of fasteners adjacent each slit. An upper fastener, such as a flap, is coupled to the leg therapeutic device and is pivotally movable between an open configuration that allows insertion or removal of the leg therapeutic device from a pocket and a closed configuration attached along the adjustment area, which secures the leg therapeutic device and enables each leg to be cinched tightly or relaxed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Inventor: Jeffery B. Jorden
  • Patent number: 11819434
    Abstract: A joint stabilization device including at least support means positionable at the patellar portion of a leg of a patient; a sustaining element of elongated shape, having a first extremity and a second extremity opposite to each other, associated with the support means and positionable laterally to the patella of the patient; a first traction element and a second traction element associated with the first extremity and with the second extremity, respectively; and a first directing element and a second directing element which are associated with the sustaining element and interposed between the first extremity and the first traction element and between the second extremity and the second traction element respectively, wherein the first traction element and the second traction element are adapted to position the sustaining element in a predefined position, the first directing element and the second directing element being adjustable depending on the predefined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventors: Leonardo Osti, Raffaella Osti
  • Patent number: 11805826
    Abstract: An impact protection device includes a first shell configured to be disposed on a body portion of a user, a second shell spaced at a distance from the first shell, and a set of elastomeric members spanning the distance between the first shell and the second shell. Each elastomeric member includes a first end and an opposing second end, each first end comprises a first end portion disposed within a corresponding opening defined by the first shell and a terminal portion disposed against an inner wall of the first shell and each second end connected to the second shell. The set of elastomeric members are configured to stretch between the first shell and the second shell in response to a translation of the second shell relative to the first shell and at a location that is substantially opposite to an impact receiving location of the second shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: WB Development Company, LLC
    Inventor: Walter T. Bonin
  • Patent number: 11766347
    Abstract: An orthopedic device includes a textile panel having interior and exterior surfaces, and a first stabilizer assembly including a first tubular welt sewn or knitted within and extending from an exterior surface of the textile panel. A first cable is slidably extending through the tubular welt and a strap is connected to a first end of the cable extending from a first opening of the welt, and the strap is adjustably securable over the textile panel. The orthopedic device may include various portions of stretchability and features for receiving components for the orthopedic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Concetta Maria Huffa, Harry Duane Romo
  • Patent number: 11690414
    Abstract: The disclosed apparatus, system and method includes at least a protective garment that prevents concussive effects on internal organs. The garment many include a garment body; and, embedded in the garment body, at least one multi-sectional pad. At least two of the multi-sections may comprise: at least one aramid layer; at least one multi-durometer foam layer having a substantially similar surface area to that provided by the at least one aramid layer; and at least one shield layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: MATSCITECHNO LICENSING COMPANY
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 11649025
    Abstract: A buoyancy control device for scuba diving comprising at least two shoulder straps, each shoulder strap having an upper portion and a lower portion joined by a closing buckle comprising a male buckle element and a female buckle element, which has a first connection means for connecting to the upper portion of the shoulder strap and a second connection means for connecting to the male buckle element, wherein the female buckle element comprises a first part that has the first connection means, a second part that has the second connection means, and an articulated connection pin for connecting the first part to the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Cressi-Sub S.P.A.
    Inventor: Carlos Alberto Godoy
  • Patent number: 11648143
    Abstract: A brace for aligning and protecting a patella. The brace includes a mounting component for mounting the brace to the leg of the user. The brace also includes a first attachment component attached to the mounting component and a second attachment component superposed on the first attachment component. An alignment component for aligning the patella is releasably attached to the mounting component by the first attachment component. A cushioning component for cushioning the patella is releasably attached to the mounting component by the second attachment component. A cryotherapy or thermal therapy component can alternatively be releasably attached to the mounting component by the second attachment component instead of the cushioning component depending on the needs of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventor: Emmanuelle Tessier
  • Patent number: 11642587
    Abstract: Posture training systems provide hands-free shoulder and back\spine alignment assistance for facilitating correct posture and alignment of the shoulders and spine of an athlete throughout swing or other physical rotational movements, and methods of their use. The posture training systems include vests that provide information during and throughout the rotational movement about spine-tilt angle relative to the ground, plane of the shoulders during torso rotation, perpendicularity between the spine and a line drawn between the shoulders, as well as departures from or maintenance of any of the initial parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventor: Edward M. Titen
  • Patent number: 11590031
    Abstract: A therapeutic pressure band for applying pressure across a muscle or muscle groups on a mammalian limb is described. The band is particularly well suited for treating “shin splints.” The band includes a plurality of straps that are connected together via a connecting material. Ends of each of the straps have adjustable fasteners for securing and tightening the band around a limb. The band also possesses a plurality of pressure members (e.g., elongated rubber tubes) that apply separate and discrete areas or points of pressure in a line across a muscle, tendon, bone, or muscle group and generally perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: XTREME ORTHOPEDICS LLP
    Inventor: Wesley Cox
  • Patent number: 11583019
    Abstract: A child restraint assembly for inhibiting a child from wandering away from a caregiver includes a waist belt that is wearable around the waist of a caregiver. The waist belt has a plurality of connection points thereon being distributed along a full length of the waist belt. A strap is matable to a respective one of the connection points on the waist belt. A bell is coupled to the strap to emit an audible sound when the strap is moved. A wrist belt is coupled to the strap and the wrist is wearable around a wrist of a child when the strap is coupled to the waist belt. In this way the strap inhibits the child from moving away from the caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventor: Pam Marshall
  • Patent number: 11559095
    Abstract: A body pad apparatus with high surface friction on the inward-facing and outward-facing surfaces, to prevent slipping or repositioning of a body harnesses or personal flotation device, made of a material of a desired thickness that that conforms to stretch and pressure, and that has low profile attachments to secure the pad apparatus on, around, or to the user's body or to the harness or personal flotation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: Sumner P. Rieland
  • Patent number: 11382377
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards helmet systems and methods for detection and notification of objects present in the blind spot. They detect objects through ultrasonic sensors and notify the presence of those objects through sensory output modules such as LED output modules, vibration motors and speakers. The helmet system comprises of at least one helmet body, at least two ultrasonic sensors positioned at the left and right side of at least one helmet body to cover a blind spot on the left and right side of a user, at least two LED output modules positioned at the right and left side of the front of at least one helmet body. at least two vibration motors which are concealed on either side of the helmet body and at least two vibration motors configured to generate the different patterns of an haptic feedback based on the different signals generated by at least two ultrasonic sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventor: Anirudha Surabhi Venkata Jagannadha Rao
  • Patent number: 11317728
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pillow for placing between the knees while sleeping. The pillow has a substantially toroid-shaped outer casing with an inner volume containing a fill material. The generally uniform round shape of embodiments of the pillow provides for easy insertion of the pillow between the knees because the pillow does not have to be oriented in any particular radial direction prior to insertion. Some embodiments of the pillow may have a hole through the center. Both the top and bottom surfaces of embodiments of the pillow curve downward and inward toward the center, forming a top and bottom depression for cradling the knee joints while preventing the pillow from unintentionally sliding out from between the knees. A method of using a pillow for placing between the knees is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Beth Rogers
  • Patent number: 11147702
    Abstract: An elbow brace for use by athletes or others requiring protection and support of the elbow. The elbow brace includes a base and a tension member. The base is comprised of elastic material and configured to closely fit around the elbow. A tension member having upper and lower pairs of tensioning straps is fastened to the interior surface of the base, with the tensioning straps extending through upper and lower apertures in the base for detachable attachment to the exterior surface of the base. The tension member may include an anchor portion made of material that stretches in multiple directions, and strap portions that stretch primarily lengthwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Mueller, Zhaodong Max Li
  • Patent number: 11114072
    Abstract: A guitar pad include a sheet of flexible material including a peripheral edge and a middle region extending entirely and continuously within the peripheral edge. The middle region includes surface area dimensions substantially greater than the thickness of the sheet, a first surface that is compressible, and a second surface which is at least partially conformably drapable over a portion of a guitar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Carter B. White
  • Patent number: 11058567
    Abstract: A knee orthosis including: a sleeve made of elastic fabric and configured to exert compressive forces on the knee, proximal and distal anchors for maintaining proximal and distal parts of the sleeve in fixed positions on the lower limb, and a panel including a viscoelastic layer of polymer gel fixed to an inner face of the sleeve, an annular part configured to surround the kneecap, and a distal tab, the viscoelastic layer having an adherence to the skin so, once stretched out longitudinally on the leg, the panel applies forces to the skin for supporting the kneecap, and the sleeve is formed from pieces of fabric including: a front piece supporting the panel, a rear piece and two lateral pieces, the rear and lateral pieces having moduli of elasticity in the axial direction which are respectively less than and greater than the modulus of elasticity of the front piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: MILLET INNOVATION
    Inventor: Damien Millet
  • Patent number: 11052302
    Abstract: The leg guard for protecting at least a shin of a wearer includes a shin guard body and a strap. A peripheral edge of the shin guard body defines part of a perimeter of the shin guard body. The shin guard body includes a first coupling base and a second coupling base disposed on one of the interior and exterior surfaces. A first coupler is disposed at a first end of the strap and is releasably attachable to the first coupling base at a plurality of first attachment points, and a second coupler is disposed at the second end of the strap and is releasably attachable to the second coupling base at one of a plurality of second attachment points. A length of a wrappable segment is adjustable by releasably attaching the second coupler to the second coupling base at another one of the plurality of second attachment points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SPORT MASKA INC.
    Inventors: Alexandre Lavallee, Jean-François Beland
  • Patent number: 10933278
    Abstract: Provided is a stretching slider excellent in compactness and lightweightness and exhibiting high stability and slipperiness. A stretching slider includes a plate-shaped member having a first surface as a front surface and a second surface as a back surface and a plurality of ball rollers provided on the second surface for moving the plate-shaped member in all directions along a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: JUTE inc.
    Inventor: Shigeo Moridaira
  • Patent number: 10842659
    Abstract: A knee brace assembly comprising a sleeve and a buttress attached to the sleeve and configured to be positioned against a knee of the wearer. The buttress is configured to be positioned proximate a patella of the wearer and configured to provide support to the patella of the wearer. The knee brace includes a wrap having a first end defining an upper tab and lower tab, and a second end defining an upper and lower tab. The wrap is sized to extend around the leg of the wearer. The upper tab of the first end is configured to attach to the upper tab of the second end, and the lower tab of the first end is configured to attach to the lower tab of the second end, such that the wrap is operable to form a compressive fit around the sleeve and buttress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SHOCK DOCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: William Best, Thierry Petelle
  • Patent number: 10786381
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the brace assembly utilize an elastic cross strap attached to mounting facilities about a joint to provide progressive resistance to the extension, flexion or other movement of body parts about the joint. In some embodiments for a knee joint, the brace assembly provides a progressive resisting force to resist hyperextension of the knee. Some embodiments of the assembly may be able to accommodate different joints, different size wearer's of the assembly and different tension settings such as for athletes during competition. Some embodiments of the brace assembly may be used bilaterally and can be made without metal bracing to comply with the requirements of some sports. Some embodiments of the mounting facilities may have through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: KNEE X BRACE LLC
    Inventors: Lonnie E. Paulos, Kim A. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10757987
    Abstract: A knee pad for engagement to a user in an as-worn position with a cavity defined by an interior surface surrounding a knee of a user. A plurality of projections extend from the body of the knee pad and are made of compressible material to provide a cushioned support to the knees and prevent rolling of the knee pad during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: David Pratson
  • Patent number: 10709949
    Abstract: A golf swing training device and method for preventing hyperextension of a joint during golf, or any other activity in which hyperextension occurs. The device includes a curved elongate member, which contains a bend that coincides with the joint, attached below the user's elbow using any one or more straps, cam buckles, and hooks and loops fasteners. The elongate member, when worn properly, does not allow the elbow to hyperextend as the top portion of the elongate member hits the back of the user's arm when the arm is straightened, preventing any further movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Erika Wicoff
  • Patent number: 10629174
    Abstract: A guitar support pad for placement on the thigh of a seated guitar player to resist movement of the guitar and digging of the guitar body into the thigh comprises essentially a thin, flexible rectangularly-shaped body of uniform thickness. The pad preferably has a soft, resilient upper part for supporting a guitar body and maintaining it in a fixed position, and a lower part consisting of a thin sheet which is flexible enough to drape conformally over a player's thigh, while resisting sliding movement of the pad on the thigh. A preferred embodiment of a guitar support pad according to the present invention includes a rectangular sheepskin having a wool upper part and a tanned lower hide part. A preferred method of using the pad includes draping the pad over the thigh, positioning a guitar on the wooly surface of the pad and strumming or picking the guitar strings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Carter B. White
  • Patent number: 10543394
    Abstract: A doughnut shaped multifunction cushioning device, made of foam or similar flexible resilient material, and having a doughnut hole contoured recess. During exercise, manual labor, or other human endeavor, one human body joint such as a knee or other bodily bony protuberance is placed inside the contoured recess and against the floor or other support surface. By such means the cushioning device provides one or more of the following beneficial effects: reduced risk of injury, increased comfort, body alignment, and slight traction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Eleanor Leah May Mandell
  • Patent number: 10517337
    Abstract: A knee brace is provided that having a foot support assembly, a knee support assembly, and a calf engagement assembly. The foot support assembly is adjustable relative to the knee support assembly. The calf engagement assembly has a calf brace and is connectable to the foot support assembly and the knee support assembly with adjustment straps. The foot support assembly includes a foot adjustment plate that is connected to a shoe engagement component. The knee support assembly has a knee adjustment plate and has a multilayer pad, and a knee pad connector component connects the multilayer pad and the knee adjustment plate. The knee pad connector component can be connected such that the multilayer pad is in line with or offset relative to the knee pad connector, or the knee pad connector component can be replaced with right and left offset knee pad connector components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Anthony Marella
  • Patent number: 10441007
    Abstract: A support frame for a knee pad has three major components that interlock with each other to form a rigid and strong frame capable of supporting the weight of a person who is working on knees. The three components are molded of a rigid plastic material. The upper component has a knee seat and a strap for wrapping around the leg of the wearer; the lower component has a cuff for wrapping around the wearer's ankle. Fastener devices for attaching the knee pad and the straps to the support frame are either incorporated into or provided on the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Lee E. Richards
  • Patent number: 10441008
    Abstract: The present invention provides body part protectors which comprise multiple discrete and optionally removable/replaceable shock absorbing elements. The body part protectors of this invention offer superior protection to body parts such as knees and elbows as compared to other devices and/or those devices which comprise single shock absorbing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Victoria Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10363477
    Abstract: Body protection padding with non-bursting gas cells preferably includes at least one base shell, an inside gas cell impact layer and an outside gas cell impact layer. The gas is preferably air, but could be any other suitable gas, such as pure nitrogen or argon. Body protection padding includes shoulder-chest pads, knee pads, hip pads, thigh pads and any other type of sports protective padding. The gas cells in the inside and outside gas cell impact layers do not burst upon impact. The at least one base shell is typically used in the body protection padding. Each gas cell layer includes a plurality of gas cells created between two plastic sheets. The inside and outside gas cell impact layers may be permanently or removably attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: John E. Whitcomb
  • Patent number: 10307645
    Abstract: A water floating device that offers support for the head or neck of a user when swimming or practicing water exercises. The floating support device includes a unitary piece body made of a floating and waterproof material. The unitary piece body has a U-shape including a curved central section having a first leg on a first end and a second leg on a second end. The first leg and the second leg project from the curved central section. The first leg and the second leg angle inwardly to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Joanne Drew Zucchelli, Debra Ehrlich May
  • Patent number: 10278448
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole structure with a midsole component and an inner sole component. The midsole component includes holes arranged in an auxetic configuration. The midsole component and the inner sole component may have a different density. The midsole component and the inner sole component may have a different compressibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Tory M. Cross
  • Patent number: 10231860
    Abstract: An orthopedic device has an elongate, tubular body defining a patella opening located generally at a center portion of the tubular body. A patella buttress including a buttress pocket is located on the tubular body and about the patella opening. The buttress pocket has various stretchability characteristics relative to the tubular body. A buttress element is associated with the buttress pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: James Forbes, Stacy Wyatt, Yessenia Lopez, Irving Hu
  • Patent number: 10206804
    Abstract: A global osteoarthritis knee brace or orthopedic support includes a flexible, elastic sleeve having a tubular shape with a patella opening at an anterior surface with slits on either side of the opening. The brace includes a first pair of rigid longitudinal stiffeners pivoted therebetween at a hinge that is disposed at the lateral side of the sleeve and likewise at the medial side of the sleeve. The brace further includes an adjustable, flexible patella support having elongated strips at the ends thereof, wherein the patella support is positioned in the interior of the sleeve proximate with the patella opening, where the elongated strips pass from the interior of the sleeve through the slits to the exterior of the sleeve, and extend upward to be adjustably anchored to the sleeve. The wearer pulling on the elongated strips adjusts the patella support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Weber Orthopedic, L.P.
    Inventors: Dan Pahls, Martha Ortega, John Hely, David Cormier
  • Patent number: 10201196
    Abstract: A protective shin guard includes a floating knee section attached to a shin section, both sections being formed of a hard outer shell overlying a non-rigid inner padding layer. The hard outer shell of the shin section is defined by a unique pattern of flexible hinges. An alternate embodiment that uses pliable transition inserts is also described. In addition, the shin guard is attached to the leg by a novel strap system including two elastic calf straps and one greater-than 360 degree behind-the-knee compression strap that combine to provide maximum protection to the user's shin and knee while maintaining flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Wm. T. Burnett IP, LLC
    Inventor: Michael G. Cox
  • Patent number: 10195067
    Abstract: An extra-light orthosis includes a woven elastic fabric sleeve, shaped to exert compression forces on a member on either side of and on a joint, and a plate fixed onto an inner face of the sleeve to come into direct contact with the skin on the joint, the plate including an elastic fabric layer onto which a layer of polymer gel is adhered, an annular part shaped to surround the top of a joint protruding area, and a tab extending from an outer edge of the annular part, in an axial direction of the sleeve, the plate adhering to the skin such that, under the effect of the compression forces exerted by the sleeve, when the sleeve is longitudinally stretched, the plate remains stretched and applies tensile forces locally to the skin parallel to the surface of the skin, toward the center of the annular part and of the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MILLET INNOVATION
    Inventors: Odile Grange, Damien Millet
  • Patent number: 10183189
    Abstract: A physical therapy system includes a rehabilitation device with a limb supporting plate configured to support a limb of a patient, a fastener securing the limb to a first surface of the plate, and a plurality of sliding or rolling elements attached to a second surface of the plate. The rolling/sliding elements may facilitate movement of the plate without directional bias. A deployment surface includes a substantially flat surface configured so the limb rehabilitation device may roll or slide over the flat surface, first and second raised edges attached the flat surface, and a measuring scale to facilitate measurement of the range of motion of the limb rehabilitation device over the deployment surface. The first raised edge and the second raised edge are configured to confine motion of the limb rehabilitation device over the deployment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Lawton West Group LLC
    Inventor: Lloyd Westenberg
  • Patent number: 10149501
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention are directed to a garment for use by a wearer positioned on a ground surface. The garment comprises pants, a plurality of left pant patches, and a plurality of right pant patches. The pants have a left pant half and a right pant half. Each of the plurality of left pant patches overlies a respective portion of the left pant half, is elongate, and is characterized by a coefficient of static friction with the ground surface greater than that for the respective portion of the left pant half underlying it. Moreover, each of the plurality of right pant patches overlies a respective portion of the right pant half, is elongate, and is also characterized by a coefficient of static friction with the ground surface greater than that for the respective portion of the right pant half underlying it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Megan E. Matsen
  • Patent number: 10092438
    Abstract: Leg braces configured to assist in straightening of a user's leg are shown and described. Each of the leg braces includes an anterior brace configured to be braced against an anterior portion of the leg proximal to the knee joint, having a selectively expandable and contractible bladder and an anterior brace attachment mechanism for attaching the anterior brace to a posterior brace. In some examples, each of the leg braces further includes the posterior brace configured to be braced against a posterior portion of the leg, the posterior brace having a rigid elongate base, an upper posterior brace attachment mechanism, and a lower posterior brace attachment mechanism for attaching the posterior brace to the leg below the knee joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Dana Salsbery
  • Patent number: 9883705
    Abstract: The baby garment with multiple interchangeable themed knee pads is adapted for use with infants. Specifically, the baby garment with multiple interchangeable themed knee pads is a pair of pants intended for infants wherein non-skid knee pads are attached to the pants such that the knee pads will rest between the knee of the infant and the surface upon which the infant is crawling. The knee pads of the baby garment with multiple interchangeable themed knee pads are removable and replaceable. A plurality of knee pads are provided for esthetics purposes. The baby garment with multiple interchangeable themed knee pads comprises pants, a plurality of hook and loop fasteners, and a plurality of knee pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Thuan Do
  • Patent number: 9867407
    Abstract: An article of apparel for a human being, designed or arranged to be worn around an appendage such as an arm or leg, and designed or intended to resist impact. The article contains a material in the form of a spongy, elastic polymer engineered to absorb energy, shock, vibration and impact. The article of apparel can be used to protect hard, bony areas of the human body such as elbows, knees and ankles. The article will be of use to persons engaged in sports involving bats, sticks, mallets, pucks and hard balls, as well as to cyclists, and anyone whose occupation requires the knees or elbows to come into contact with hard surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Anthony B. Clayton
  • Patent number: 9827132
    Abstract: An elbow brace for use by athletes or others requiring protection and support of the elbow. The elbow brace includes a base and a tension member. The base is comprised of elastic material and configured to closely fit around the elbow. A tension member having upper and lower pairs of tensioning straps is fastened to the interior surface of the base, with the tensioning straps extending through upper and lower apertures in the base for detachable attachment to the exterior surface of the base. The tension member may include an anchor portion made of material that stretches in multiple directions, and strap portions that stretch primarily lengthwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Mueller, Zhaodong Max Li
  • Patent number: 9750630
    Abstract: A reconfigurable knee brace which is particularly suitable for cold therapy. The brace includes a large wrap which fits over the front of the leg and wraps around the knee. Two or more securing straps are provided to hold the wrap in place. Once in position, an internal air bladder can be inflated to secure the fit. The user inflates the air bladder using an included squeeze pump and selectively deflates the bladder using a release button. One or more removable stays are positioned on the left and right lateral sides of the knee. When the stays are in position, the knee is held in place and cannot flex or extend. However, the stays are made removable. Once the stays are removed, the knee is able to flex and extend (though it is still stabilized by the encircling wrap).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Brian E Kilbey
  • Patent number: 9717292
    Abstract: A knee protection device includes congruently joined outer and inner cover members having cooperatively disposed arcuate configured portions disposed to minimize engagement between strap portions of the outer and inner cover members with a back portion of a knee portion of a leg of a person using the device. The device further includes an outer pad member fabricated from relatively pliable material and disposed adjacent to the outer cover member, and an inner pad member fabricated from relatively more pliable material than the outer pad member and disposed between the outer pad member and the inner cover member. The positions of the outer and inner pad members, relative to the outer and inner cover members, are maintained by thread inserted through the outer and inner cover members and adjacent to the pad members after the pad members have been centrally disposed between the cover members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9701010
    Abstract: The invention comprises a cart for reducing and alleviating ergonomic stresses on the musculoskeletal system of workers in a variety of building trades, including tile setting and grouting, concrete staining, wood floor refinishing, finish carpentry, electrical finishing, plumbing, and others, that require workers to spend extended periods of the working day in compromising and unsupported kneeling positions. The cart is designed to distribute forces along the shinbone of the worker and redirect them from the back, pelvis, keens, ankles and other joints. A further advantage of the cart is the ability to maneuver around the work surface using pivoting shin supports and without the need for repeated standing and kneeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Frank Manjarres
  • Patent number: 9622521
    Abstract: An article of apparel for a human being, designed or arranged to be worn around an appendage such as an arm or leg, and designed or intended to resist impact. The article contains a material in the form of a spongy, elastic polymer engineered to absorb energy, shock, vibration and impact. The article of apparel can be used to protect hard, bony areas of the human body such as elbows, knees and ankles. The article will be of use to persons engaged in sports involving bats, sticks, mallets, pucks and hard balls, as well as to cyclists, and anyone whose occupation requires the knees or elbows to come into contact with hard surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Anthony B. Clayton
  • Patent number: 9572380
    Abstract: A non-encircling comfort pad system that allows the user to selectively attach a pad to and detach the pad from the article of clothing is disclosed. The non-encircling comfort pad system includes a pad having a pad fastener part and a mount fastener part that is attached to the article of clothing. The pad fastener part is configured to engage the mount fastener part such that the pad is held to the article of clothing without requiring any encirclement of the protected body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Brent Douglas Sizemore
  • Patent number: 9554934
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the brace assembly utilize an elastic cross strap attached to mounting facilities about a joint to provide progressive resistance to the extension, flexion or other movement of body parts about the joint. In some embodiments for a knee joint, the brace assembly provides a progressive resisting force to resist hyperextension of the knee. Some embodiments of the assembly may be able to accommodate different joints, different size wearer's of the assembly and different tension settings such as for athletes during competition. Some embodiments of the brace assembly may be used bilaterally and can be made without metal bracing to comply with the requirements of some sports. Some embodiments of the mounting facilities may have through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: THE LONNIE AND SHANNON PAULOS TRUST
    Inventors: Lonnie E. Paulos, Kim A. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9545328
    Abstract: A medical aid for supporting the function of the knee joint, in particular a knee joint orthosis with a pad engaging around the patella of the knee joint. An improved patellar pad has the additional function of supporting movement and has additional preventive/therapeutic functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: BAUERFEIND AG
    Inventors: Heinrich Hess, Rainer Scheuermann, Hans B. Bauerfeind, Oliver Marx
  • Patent number: 9433247
    Abstract: A weight-displacing knee pad is disclosed that includes a knee body having an inner member substantially enclosed an outer cushion member. The outer cushion member includes an exterior surface defining a knee-receiving cavity and a shin-receiving surface and at least a portion of the inner member includes a shin-support body disposed beneath the shin-receiving surface. At least a portion of the shin-support body has a triangular cross-section with an apex extending upwardly toward the shin-receiving surface. The inner member is made of a different material than the outer cushion member. The weight-displacing knee pad also includes a forward knee-movement barrier with a forward knee-barrier support body defined by at least a portion of the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Stephen John Harris
  • Patent number: 9370681
    Abstract: An extremity supporting exercise system is described. The system includes two knee sliders and two hand sliders. Each knee slider includes a knee pad and a knee base. The knee pad includes a recessed portion that is adapted to receive a user's knee. A patella support is disposed within the knee portion to support the user's patella when using the knee slider. Alternatively, each hand slider includes a hand pad and a hand base. The hand pad includes a series of linger indentations that are flanked by thumb receptacles. Importantly, the knee base and hand base are formed of a rigid and slippery material to allow the sliders to easily slide across a ground surface. Thus, through use of the exercise system, a user can support their hands and knees while sliding the hands and knees across a ground surface to perform a variety of exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: ICORE HEALTH
    Inventor: Kenneth Chang