Method and Apparatus for Measuring Static Friction at High Speeds

The grip of gloves used to catch balls in a sports related setting is evaluated using the static coefficient of friction between the glove and ball material. The current test standard starts with the materials in contact and then determines how much force is required to separate them. However, the results are not always indicative of how the gloves will perform in a high speed application. This procedure outlines a method for testing static coefficient of friction when the two surfaces involved come together at game relevant speeds. The data from this test are more indicative of how a glove will perform on the field and has been shown to accurately predict athlete preference and perception of glove effectiveness.

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Li Chen
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Mark Cockerill
Kevin Dewillie
Matthew Domaratzky
Madeline Scholl
Keith Szkodny
George Uehling
Logan Sturm
Christopher Williams
David Dillard