Shoulder Protector Patents (Class 2/459)
  • Patent number: 10206438
    Abstract: A garment includes a garment body formed of at least one fabric. At least one padded portion is coupled to the garment body so as to extend inwardly of the garment body and at least partially occupy a volume defined by a space between a portion of the garment body and a correspondingly positioned portion of a wearer's body. A method includes disposing padding configured to be accommodated in a region of a body of the wearer which is spaced apart from a portion of a garment body of the exercise garment when worn so as to be inwardly projecting of the garment body in a position generally corresponding to the region of the body of the wearer, to thereby insulate and/or wick moisture away from the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jonathan A. Levy
  • Patent number: 9974342
    Abstract: A highly effective firearm recoil absorbing combination is obtained by providing a shoulder mountable assembly containing a viscoelastomeric thermoset polymerizate pad possessing excellent cushioning and rebounding characteristics along with sufficient surface tack to cohesively steady a firing firearm against the pad. The assembly may securely affixed to the shoulder region of a garment or detachably mountable thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Matthew Kriesel
  • Patent number: 9936743
    Abstract: An apparatus for protecting a torso. The apparatus includes a generally planar rigid body having a first end and a second end, pads affixed near the first end and second end of the rigid body that face the torso, and a harness attached to the body that holds the protector in a desired location near the torso. The body forms a bridge between the pads to protect a portion of the torso from an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: David Timberlake
  • Patent number: 9745065
    Abstract: A protection device having a set of inflatable protection members including a neck airbag, a left lower airbag, a left upper airbag, a right lower airbag, and a right upper airbag. The protection device has a lower pocket provided with a lower base forming the neck airbag and two lower lateral branches forming the left lower airbag and the right lower airbag. An upper pocket at least partially secured to the lower pocket is provided with an upper base forming a head airbag and two upper lateral branches forming the left upper airbag and the right upper airbag. At least one longitudinal internal wall provide at least two “tubes” in each upper airbag, the upper pocket being in fluid flow communication with the lower pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH, SCHROTH SAFETY PRODUCTS GMBH
    Inventors: Tomas Santana-Gallego, Ulf Gruene
  • Patent number: 9457257
    Abstract: A shoulder pad for use in a contact sport, such as football, hockey or lacrosse is provided. The shoulder pad includes a pair of curvilinear, continuous arch members joined together to define a central opening that receives the player's head. A side pad assembly, including an epaulet and a shoulder cap, is operably connected to each arch member by a flexible band that provides a common connection point on the arch member. The band provides a single pivot point for the epaulet and the shoulder cap about the common connection point. A curvilinear internal padding assembly is connected to each arch member and configured to absorb and lessen impacts received while wearing the shoulder pad and playing the contact sport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Thad M. Ide, Christopher D. Oby
  • Patent number: 9420834
    Abstract: A protective undergarment having reinforced areas in particular locations, such as the knees and seat is provided. The garment, and particularly each of the pair of legs of the garment, is made of an abrasive resistant fabric, such as aramid fibers, in particular, KEVLAR®, and is preferably made in a woven or knitted pattern so as to be soft to the touch and breathable so that the garment is comfortable to wear under clothing. Stirrups may be attached at the bottom of each leg to prevent movement of the reinforced areas in the event of a fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Proudest Monkey, LLC
    Inventors: Megan K. Baxter, Bridgot Isenhour
  • Patent number: 9078477
    Abstract: A system for biomechanically protecting a person carrying a structure on their back includes a body portion carried about the person's back and shoulders. A shoulder area pad is connected to the body portion and covers a portion of the person's shoulder area. A scapula area pad spaces the structure from the person's spine of the scapula area and covers a portion of the person's back adjacent the spine of the scapula. A para-spinal pad spaces the structure from the person's spinous processes and extends substantially the length of the person's spine, covering a portion of the person's para-spinal musculature. Protection from the structure is also provided by a lateral pad that covers a lateral portion of the person's back, a kidney pad that covers a portion of the person's back to protect the kidneys, and a sacrum pad that covers a portion of the person's sacrum area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Wesley J. McAllister
  • Publication number: 20150128335
    Abstract: A polyurethane foam, a polyurethane/polyorganosiloxane foam, and a polyurethane foam polyurethane/polyorganosiloxane foam material are disclosed and described herein. The materials are formed in the presence of a polymerization reaction initiator (an isoprenoid compound), and a polymerization reaction accelerator. The polyurethane foam is formed from an isocyanate and a polyol. The polyurethane foam polyurethane/polyorganosiloxane foam material comprises the polyurethane foam which is cross-linked to the polyurethane backbone to a polyurethane/polyorganosiloxane foam. Optional gelling agents, emulsification control agents, reinforcement fillers, cross-linkers, reinforcement polymers, rubber reinforcers, silk proteins, emollients, stabilizers and colorants are also described. The polyurethane and polyurethane-polyorganosiloxane foam materials exhibit a high degree of flexibility, resilience and excellent impact absorption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Ghassan Dehni
  • Publication number: 20150074884
    Abstract: An anti-horse collar tackle safety device, comprising a base having means for attaching the base to a pair of shoulder pads, wherein the base comprises an interior portion facing the shoulder pads and an exterior portion that is accessible from outside a jersey placed over the shoulder pads, and a releasable portion releasably attached to the exterior portion of the base via means for releasable attachment, wherein the releasable portion is configured to release via application of a force equal to or less than about 15 pounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin Swanson
  • Patent number: 8980412
    Abstract: The present application discloses a composite pad structure that includes a substrate bonded to a plurality of discrete, spaced-apart, resilient elements engaged to at least one reinforcing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Applied FT Composite Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Kim
  • Patent number: 8956715
    Abstract: The present application discloses a composite pad structure that includes a substrate bonded to a plurality of discrete, spaced-apart, resilient elements engaged to at least one reinforcing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Applied FT Composite Solutions
    Inventor: Daniel Kim
  • Publication number: 20150013052
    Abstract: A shoulder pad for use in a contact sport, such as football, hockey or lacrosse is provided. The shoulder pad includes a pair of curvilinear, continuous arch members joined together to define a central opening that receives the player's head. A side pad assembly, including an epaulet and a shoulder cap, is operably connected to each arch member by a flexible band that provides a common connection point on the arch member. The band provides a single pivot point for the epaulet and the shoulder cap about the common connection point. A curvilinear internal padding assembly is connected to each arch member and configured to absorb and lessen impacts received while wearing the shoulder pad and playing the contact sport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Nelson Kraemer, Vittorio BOLOGNA, Ralph INFUSINO, Thad M. IDE
  • Publication number: 20140373260
    Abstract: A user wearable article of protective equipment for protecting a portion of a body of the user. The article of protective equipment generally conforms to the portion of the body of the user to be protected when worn by the user. The article of protective equipment comprises: (i) an energy absorbent core, the core having a body-facing side and an opposing non-body-facing side, the core comprising a polymeric foam; and (ii) an outer shell generally covering the nonbody-facing side of the core, the outer shell being deformable during the use of the article of protective equipment by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Philippe MARTIN, Pierre PAIEMENT
  • Patent number: 8875319
    Abstract: A user wearable article of protective equipment for protecting a portion of a body of the user. The article of protective equipment generally conforms to the portion of the body of the user to be protected when worn by the user. The article of protective equipment includes: (i) an energy absorbent core, the core having a body-facing side and an opposing non-body-facing side, the core comprising a polymeric foam; and (ii) an outer shell generally covering the non-body-facing side of the core, the outer shell being deformable during the use of the article of protective equipment by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Martin, Pierre Paiement
  • Patent number: 8869315
    Abstract: A protective athletic garment comprising a protective cap for protecting a body part of the user. The protective cap comprises a shell for overlying the user's body part. The shell comprises a first shell member and a second shell member. The protective cap comprises a liner mounted under the shell for being disposed between the shell and the user's body part. The protective cap also comprises a link interconnecting the first shell member and the second shell member to hold the first shell member and the second shell member together. The link extends along at least part of a periphery of the first shell member and at least part of a periphery of the second shell member such that the first shell member and the second shell member are movable relative to one another in response to movement of the user's body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Bauer Hockey, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathieu Contant, Marco Beauregard, Marie-Claude Généreux, Alexandre Leblanc
  • Publication number: 20140298574
    Abstract: A protective foam material and pads are disclosed herein. The material is a rounded foam pellet having a hole through the center of the pellet. The pellets may be arranged and interconnected to form a pad. These pads may be applied to persons, animals, or other objects for protective functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Greg Williams, Dana Marquez, Steven Wayne Kesterson, Kevin Lunsford
  • Publication number: 20140259333
    Abstract: A protective foam material and pads are disclosed herein. The material is a rounded foam pellet having a hole through the center of the pellet. The pellets may be arranged and interconnected to form a pad. These pads may be applied to persons, animals, or other objects for protective functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Russell Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Dana Marquez, Gregg Williams, Steve Kesterson, Kevin Lunsford
  • Publication number: 20140245527
    Abstract: A comfort guard apparatus and method of use comprises a compartmentalized chamber positioned adjacent to protective equipment such as shin guards, chest protectors, and helmets. In one embodiment, the apparatus is interchangeable and removably positioned between the user and the protective equipment. In another embodiment, the apparatus is built in to the protective equipment including clothing such as shirts and pants. The apparatus can be replaced with a freshly cooled or warmed version during use. The apparatus conforms to the body of the user, keep the chamber in contact with a greater surface area, and prevent the contents of the compartments from gravitating towards edges. Adjacent compartments can be separated by a breakable membrane or contain breakable packets. The apparatus cushions the user from abrupt edges of the protective equipment. The apparatus, positioned against the body of the wearer, regulates the wearer's body temperature which contributes to enhanced athletic performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: GEL SPORTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Brent Douglas, Noah Douglas
  • Patent number: 8819984
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a firearm stabilization apparatus having (1) a main body further having a stopped dado which forms a depression on a front surface of the main body; a first magnet positioned within the depression; a slot along a edge of the main body; and a second magnet positioned within the slot; and (2) a firearm further with a third magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Asymmetric Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Borkowski, Michael Cress-Holton Clanton
  • Patent number: 8813271
    Abstract: A shoulder pad for use in a contact sport, such as football, hockey or lacrosse is provided. The shoulder pad includes a pair of curvilinear, continuous arch members joined together to define a central opening that receives the player's head. A side pad assembly, including an epaulet and a shoulder cap, is operably connected to each arch member by a flexible band that provides a common connection point on the arch member. The band provides a single pivot point for the epaulet and the shoulder cap about the common connection point. A curvilinear internal padding assembly is removably connected to each arch member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Nelson Kraemer, Vittorio Bologna, Ralph Infusino, Thad M. Ide
  • Publication number: 20140208492
    Abstract: A garment having a piece of clothing with a plurality of pad segments located proximate a backside of a wearer's body, including at least one joint region, for protecting the wearer by dissipating energy resulting from a sudden impact. The pad segments arranged with respect to the interior radius of the joint region such that an interstitial space located between each adjacent pad segment becomes narrower moving a protruding portion of each adjacent pad segment closer together, and in some instances such that the adjacent protruding portions touch one another, when the joint region moves from an extended position to a flexed position. The garment with energy dissipating pad segments may be used alone or in conjunction with pads that shield energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Vincent Foley, Andrew Foley
  • Patent number: 8776275
    Abstract: This invention concerns protective shoulder pads (2) having a release mechanism (7). The shoulder pads (2) protect an individual wearing the protective shoulder pads (2) against impact to the superior, anterior, posterior and/or lateral regions of the shoulder and upper arm. Release mechanism (7) allows the protective shoulder pads (2) to be more safely and easily removed from the individual wearing the protective shoulder pads (2) while the individual wearing the protective shoulder pads (2) is maintained in the supine position, thus decreasing the risk of further injuring the individual wearing the protective shoulder pads (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. Kordecki
  • Publication number: 20140173815
    Abstract: An article of apparel may include a garment component and a pad component. A pair of linear regions of the pad component may be secured to the garment, and a region of the pad component between the linear regions may be unsecured to the component. The pair of linear regions may be positioned at spaced and separate edge areas of the pad component. A central area of the pad component may be at least partially spaced from the garment component when the garment component is substantially unstretched.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniela Grogro
  • Publication number: 20140157498
    Abstract: A head protection system includes an elastomeric cap configured to be held in a position relative to a crown of the head of the wearer. A torus-shaped cushioning chamber is positioned between an outer surface of the elastomeric cap and the head of the wearer. A plurality of cage slats extend from the elastomeric cap between the elastomeric cap in a position relative to the crown of the head of the wearer and protect the head of the wearer from impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory Francis Bird
  • Publication number: 20140150170
    Abstract: The present application discloses a composite cushioning material comprising two or more resilient elements bonded to one or more flexible or stretchable substrates, further comprising at least one framing element placed around one or more resilient elements, wherein a section of the composite cushioning material corresponding to the area of the framing element is less flexible than the rest of the composite cushioning material, so as to provide a variably tensed composite cushioning material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Applied FT Composite Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Kim
  • Publication number: 20140020160
    Abstract: An internally integrated cushioned component that applies to all types of children's legwear; it accomplishes the dual objective of protecting the wearer's knees by providing cushioning against impact to the knee area and prolonging the lifespan of the garment through utilization of tear resistant material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Samantha Stevens Ford, Robert Elias Ford, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140000016
    Abstract: A shirt or jersey for sports such as soccer incorporates a slow rebound foam pad to aid in controlling a ball that strikes the player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Claudio Storelli, Jing Liang
  • Patent number: 8615819
    Abstract: A cervical spine protection device including a lower portion engaged with a user's shoulders, and an upper portion designed for engagement with a user's helmet when an axial force is applied to a portion of the user's helmet, where the upper portion has an opening at the rearward facing side of a user's body. The device further includes a middle portion disposed between the lower portion and the upper portion, and an inside portion shaped to fit around a user's neck. The axial force applied to the top portion of the user's helmet is at least partially absorbed by the cervical spine protection device and at least partially directed away from a cervical spinal column of the user by the cervical spine protection device. The cervical spine protection device allows extension of the head and neck during athletic movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick E. Kerr
  • Publication number: 20130333102
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a device for protecting skin from the sun's ultraviolet radiation. A protective skin cover is shaped and sized to cover a certain body region when worn. The cover is made from material that offers a relatively high degree of protection from the sun's ultraviolet radiation. The edges of the cover are finished.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Kerrie Lynn Benvenuti
  • Publication number: 20130305439
    Abstract: A protective athletic garment comprising a protective cap for protecting a body part of the user. The protective cap comprises a shell for overlying the user's body part. The shell comprises a first shell member and a second shell member. The protective cap comprises a liner mounted under the shell for being disposed between the shell and the user's body part. The protective cap also comprises a link interconnecting the first shell member and the second shell member to hold the first shell member and the second shell member together. The link extends along at least part of a periphery of the first shell member and at least part of a periphery of the second shell member such that the first shell member and the second shell member are movable relative to one another in response to movement of the user's body part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Mathieu Contant, Marco Beauregard, Marie-Claude Généreux, Alexandre Leblanc
  • Publication number: 20130291293
    Abstract: Waterproof, breathable, stretch-recoverable composites are described herein. They are utilizable within footwear assemblies and exhibit stretchability in at least one direction by at least about 35% at 4 lbs force and exhibit at least about 80% recovery. The composites also exhibit a minimum compression of about 1 mm under a 10 kPa load and recovery of at least about 90% when load is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Alexander W. Jessiman, Robert William, JR., Andrea Giupponi
  • Patent number: 8549674
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shoulder pad for use in a contact sport, such as football, hockey or lacrosse. The shoulder pad includes a pair of arch members, each having an upper portion, a front portion depending from the upper portion, and a rear portion depending from the upper portion. The shoulder pad further includes at least one side pad assembly having an epaulet and a shoulder cap, wherein the shoulder cap overlies the wearer's shoulder region and the epaulet overlies both the arch member and the shoulder cap. The side pad assembly is operably secured to the body arch member by a fastening assembly that includes a flexible single band. The single band secures both the epaulet and the shoulder cap to the upper portion of the arch member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Nelson Kraemer, Vittorio Bologna, Ralph Infusino, Thad M. Ide
  • Publication number: 20130227769
    Abstract: Protective pads wearable by a user for use in a contact sport include a release mechanism that allows the protective pads to be safely and easily detached from each other while the individual wearing the protective pads is maintained in the supine position, thus decreasing the risk of a secondary injury to the individual wearing the protective pads as the protective pads are removed. The release mechanism includes an elongated coupler having an anterior segment that is operable to detach posterior portions of the protective pads from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. Kordecki
  • Patent number: 8522369
    Abstract: A garment protective system includes a protective member and an adjustable member. In another aspect of the present invention, body armor inside a jacket is repositionable due to adjustment of a coupled adjustment strap. A further aspect of the present invention provides a waist belt adjustably coupled to a shoulder area and/or a back area of a jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sullivans, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc A. Bay
  • Patent number: 8484878
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to firearms and more specifically an apparatus and method useful in positioning and stabilizing shoulder-fired firearms. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a front portion, said front portion further comprising a curved medial side, a lateral side, a front panel and a stabilizing element. In a further embodiment, the apparatus is reversibly attached to a body armor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Brian Borkowski
  • Publication number: 20130167291
    Abstract: A user wearable article of protective equipment for protecting a portion of a body of the user. The article of protective equipment generally conforms to the portion of the body of the user to be protected when worn by the user. The article of protective equipment comprises: (i) an energy absorbent core, the core having a body-facing side and an opposing non-body-facing side, the core comprising a polymeric foam; and (ii) an outer shell generally covering the non-body-facing side of the core, the outer shell being deformable during the use of the article of protective equipment by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: SPORT MASKA INC.
    Inventors: Leif SKOTTHEIM, Philippe MARTIN, Pierre PAIEMENT
  • Publication number: 20130152287
    Abstract: An energy absorbing liner system and method of making it, preferably by thermoforming. A helmet has an energy absorbing inner system positioned inside the shell. The liner has thermoformed interconnected energy absorbing modules that non-destructively rebound after one or more impacts. At least some of the modules in the layer have a basal portion with upper and lower sections when viewed in relation to the wearer's head. The upper section has one or more energy absorbing units. At least some of the units are provided with a wall with a domed cap that faces the outer shell. The units at least partially cushion the blow by absorbing energy imparted by an object that impacts the outer shell. The lower comfort section has a tiered arrangement of layers. The layers are relatively compliant and thus provide a comfortable yet firm fit of the helmet upon the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: OAKWOOD ENERGY MANAGEMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Joel M. Cormier, Donald S. Smith, Richard F. Audi
  • Publication number: 20130152286
    Abstract: A liner system and method of thermoforming. A helmet has an energy absorbing inner system positioned inside the shell. The liner has thermoformed interconnected energy absorbing modules. At least some of the modules in the layer have a basal portion with upper and lower sections when viewed in relation to the wearer's head. The upper section has one or more energy absorbing units. At least some of the units are provided with a wall with a domed cap that faces the outer shell. The units at least partially cushion the blow by absorbing energy imparted by an object that impacts the outer shell. The lower comfort section has a tiered arrangement of layers. The layers are relatively compliant and thus provide a comfortable yet firm fit of the helmet upon the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: OAKWOOD ENERGY MANAGEMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Joel M. Cormier, Donald S. Smith, Richard F. Audi
  • Publication number: 20130117916
    Abstract: A worker protective covering having a vestment that covers at least the shoulder area of a worker. A sleeve that covers at least the upper arm of the worker extends from the vestment. An elastic strap retains the protective covering to a worker. The vestment and sleeve are comprised of a durable outer layer. A foam layer extends under at least part of the durable outer layer to provide protective padding for at least the shoulder area and upper arm of the worker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: ROBERTO GOMEZ
  • Patent number: 8439042
    Abstract: A neck brace has two legs with a gap between them and the legs extend on either side of the wearer's neck and along the front of his torso. Shoulder protuberances, and chest protuberances extending laterally from each leg, are received underneath the shoulder straps of a harness, in the region of the wearer's shoulders and chest, respectively. A recess is defined on an underside of each leg between the shoulder protuberance and the chest protuberance to form a beam that is elevated above the wearer's chest. Each leg and its associated chest protuberance, define a channel in which one of the shoulder straps of the harness is receivable to be held captive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher James Leatt, Mark Eric Hopkins
  • Patent number: 8393017
    Abstract: An apparatus to be worn on an individual's shoulders, chest and back below a full face helmet to limit the occurrence of cervical spinal cord injuries in the event of a crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Brady Sheren Designs Inc.
    Inventor: Brady Sheren
  • Patent number: 8370968
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cervical protective device that reduces the possibility of neck injuries in contact sports. In a preferred embodiment, this device is worn in conjunction with a football helmet and football shoulder pads. Without restricting normal movement of a football player, the device contacts the lower most parts of the sides of the helmet and has a shape that is molded as to the normal anatomy of the upper back and lower cervical spine. The device contacts the lower sides of the player's neck and is held in place by the shoulder pads as normally worn by football players. Force received at the top of the helmet is applied to the protective device, absorbed by compression elements contained within the protective device and the force is directed away from the cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick E. Kerr
  • Publication number: 20130031705
    Abstract: An adjustable shoulder support harness with a 2-axis pivot assembly, capable of supporting power tools, such as a powered weed trimmer. The support harness distributes the weight of the tool and the woven and elastic straps allow the distance between the tool and the user to be varied, allowing for improved maneuverability of the tool by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Jay Z. Muchin, David J. Merten
  • Publication number: 20130031706
    Abstract: An impact protection system comprising a helmet system and a shoulder pad system that absorbs, repels, and diverts collision forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Charles T. Cooksey
  • Publication number: 20130014318
    Abstract: A protective system (1) for protecting a user during a contact sport includes an undershirt (3) and an outer shell (7). The undershirt (3) is configured to be worn by the user, and is provided with a plurality of shock- absorbing pads (5) each being shaped and sized to protect different body parts of the user, each shock-absorbing pad (5) providing a close-to-the-body protection for a corresponding body part of the user. The outer shell (7) is configured to be worn by the user, over the undershirt (3), and is provided with a plurality of impact-dispersion pads (9) each being shaped and sized to protect different body parts of the user, each impact-dispersion pad (9) providing a floating protection for a corresponding body part of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: ID LAB INC.
    Inventors: Bastien Jourde, Steven Sdraulig, Martin Laberge
  • Patent number: 8347421
    Abstract: An impact reduction device including a pad having a first layer and a second layer. At least one of the first and second layers defines at least one impression. The impact reduction device is arranged and configured to at least partially collapse upon application of a force and to regain its shape after removal of the force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Body Armour Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Wesley W. O. Krueger
  • Publication number: 20130000023
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shoulder pad for use in a contact sport, such as football, hockey or lacrosse. The shoulder pad includes a pair of arch members, each having an upper portion, a front portion depending from the upper portion, and a rear portion depending from the upper portion. The shoulder pad further includes at least one side pad assembly having an epaulet and a shoulder cap, wherein the shoulder cap overlies the wearer's shoulder region and the epaulet overlies both the arch member and the shoulder cap. The side pad assembly is operably secured to the body arch member by a fastening assembly that includes a flexible single band. The single band secures both the epaulet and the shoulder cap to the upper portion of the arch member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Nelson Kraemer, Vittorio Bologna, Ralph Infusino, Thad M. Ide
  • Patent number: 8336125
    Abstract: A device for protecting a shoulder when an object is carried thereon comprises a top layer as well as a bottom layer. The bottom layer comprises a resilient material. The top layer and bottom layer are attached to one another. The top layer comprises rubber, such as styrene butadiene rubber (SBR). The bottom layer comprises at least one recess which exposes the underside of the rubber top layer. A hook and loop fastener is attached to the rubber top layer in said recess. The hook and loop fastener forms a transversely extending loop into which a shoulder strap can be introduced. This device can be used with a safety harness, which is provided with two shoulder straps and two leg straps, or with a pair of dungarees or another garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Consulo B.V.
    Inventors: Leonardus Antonius Maria Elders, Johannes Gerardus Steenkamer
  • Publication number: 20120284908
    Abstract: An article of clothing wear for softening the impact resulting from a wearer's fall to the ground includes an article of protective clothing constructed in whole or in part with bubble-wrap composition at selected elbow, hip, knee, ankle or shoulder denominated areas thereof, with the article of protective clothing being sized to be worn under or over the wearer's own fabric clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Douglas McCredy
  • Patent number: 8281419
    Abstract: An orthopedic protective assembly is disclosed. The orthopedic protective apparatus includes a foam shaped collar to conform to a user's neck area. The foam shaped collar comprises a multi-layer polymer material having a pliable outermost protective layer to absorb initial impact energy and additional layer(s). The additional layer(s) require(s) greater impact energy to deform than those of the pliable outermost protective layer. In one embodiment, shim extension(s) customize(s) impact energy absorption properties of the foam shaped collar by filling a gap between an underside of the foam shaped collar and a shoulder region of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventors: Guido Rietdyk, Kevin Heinz