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A Study on the Wearing Status and Purchase Behavior of Sports Knee Braces

스포츠 무릎보호대의 착용 실태 및 구매 행동에 관한 연구

  • Oh, Hee Kyung (Dept. of Fashion Design, Ansan Design Culture High School) ;
  • Oh, Kyung Wha (Dept. of Fashion, College of Arts Chung-Ang University)
  • 오희경 (안산디자인문화고등학교 패션디자인과) ;
  • 오경화 (중앙대학교 예술대학 패션전공)
  • Received : 2020.06.02
  • Accepted : 2020.08.13
  • Published : 2021.04.30

Abstract

This survey provides research into developing knee braces to protect the knee against damage, reduce knee pain, and strengthen the knee. A total of 235 surveys were conducted from December 2019 to January 2020. The subjects were adults in their 20s and over who lived in the Seoul metropolitan area and had experience of using knee braces. In terms of age differences, subjects over 60 years of age purchased knee braces mostly to secure a reduction of pain (ROP), whereas subjects in their 20s and 30s purchased knee braces for physical shock protection (PSP). Subjects in their 40s and 50s purchased knee braces for improvement of muscle movement (IMM). There was no significant difference in shape, material, and locking method based on the reason for wearing the knee brace. These results show that it is conceivable and maybe preferable to produce different knee braces-with a variety of shapes, materials, and locking materials-according to the reason behind wearing a knee brace. Knee braces are worn currently without any differentiation despite the findings of this study. In particular, we argue the need for functional and differentiated development of knee braces specifically for PSP, ROP, and IMM.

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