A new type of athlete finger and hand protection

Exoligamentz is a finger-protective sports glove which includes distinctive joint protection techniques resulting in a new concept of a functional orthosis. Its unique design strives to restrict abnormal motion while maintaining functional movement of the athlete’s hand. It will function as a possible alternative for the common taping approach which has various limitations.

This new type of glove may impact various markets and end-users (e.g. orthopaedic market). However, the focus is on injury prevention in those sports where gripping is often causing finger and hand injuries (e.g. combat sports such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, etc. and ball sports).

Building upon the design made by student-entrepreneur Ashkan M.H. Joshghani, a unique partnership between Ghent University and the student-entrepreneur has been established for the development of this new, patent protected sports glove.

Based on the features of the glove, the advantages can be summarized as follow:

  • Time-saving
  • Re-usable
  • Unrestricted movement
  • Enhanced joint protection

The goals of this project are threefold:

  1. to develop a functioning prototype with proper materials and appropriate production technology
  2. to test the biomechanical effects in an easy-to-build test method
  3. to validate the findings with end-users and companies

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Prof. Lieva Van Langenhove

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