Bend it like PU – Plastics in sport

"Plastics have revolutionised sport!"

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Image: Football player jumping up to kick a football; Copyright: LightFieldStudios

Whether football, tennis, athletics or water sports – plastics are an essential part of the equipment in almost all sporting disciplines today. Copyright: LightFieldStudios

30/11/2022

Image: Tennis player in the air; Copyright: Edovideo

The serve of today's tennis pro is about 28 km/h faster than that of a tennis pro of the past – thanks to plastic. Copyright: Edovideo

A world record with plastic

Image: Close-up of a football; Copyright: dolgachov

A football for official competitions is no longer made of leather, but of polyurethane (PU). Copyright: dolgachov

Balls, boats and pools – durable thanks to plastic

Image: Sailing yachts on the water; Copyright: nd3000

Plastics reinforced with carbon fibre or glass fibre make today's sailing yachts extremely light and robust. Copyright: nd3000

Image: Runner on the tartan track; Copyright: NomadSoul1

Today's athletes are dressed in plastics from head to toe – from functional shirts to running shoes. Copyright: NomadSoul1

Plastics from head to toe

Material research: faster, higher, greener

Image: Athlete sitting on the floor tying his shoes; Copyright: Lazy_Bear

Innovative materials and technologies ensure that athletes can enjoy ever more comfort – and that they also become ever more efficient. Copyright: Lazy_Bear

Plastic – a material that is revolutionising sport

Elena Blume (Editorial team K-MAG)

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Image: a handy red hair dryer by Braun; Copyright: LVR-Industriemuseum, Jürgen Hoffmann

Image: a handy red hair dryer by Braun; Copyright: LVR-Industriemuseum, Jürgen Hoffmann

Image: black and white chairs made of plastic; Copyright: Covestro

Image: black and white chairs made of plastic; Copyright: Covestro

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